Is Ryancare designed to fail?

headacheThe American people will pay more and get less or no coverage at all. It ends Medicaid as we know it, it decimates state and family budgets while putting America’s most vulnerable at risk, it puts the government between women and their doctors, and it steals money from Medicare to give a massive tax break to the wealthy.–Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

The GOP healthcare draft pleases few besides lobbyists. Why would the GOP propose a bill that seems destined to fail. Perhaps it is a way out of their dilemma–if it is blocked in the House or Senate or vetoed, Ryan could then say he tried his best, but oh well….

Here is what some are saying:


  • doesn’t strive for universal coverage
  • extra cost for “previous conditions”
  • short-changes the poor
  • tax credits for the wealthy
  • does nothing to reduce the cost of premiums
  • doesn’t provide for purchase of insurance across state lines.
  • doesn’t address the high cost of drugs.
  • no transparency in shopping for healthcare
  • little to placate libertarians
  • absolves government of responsibility for affordability

President Trump says he has learned that healthcare is hard. Rep. Reed favors “patient centered health care,” but this is “lobbyist centered.” Former Speaker Boehner says the GOP will never repeal and replace Obamacare. Is Speaker Ryan clueless, or has he designed this bill to fail?




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3 Responses to Is Ryancare designed to fail?

  1. Paul says:

    It’s “design” is to benefit the health care corporations that are now deemed people too, thanks to the recent Repugnican sponsored and pushed Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. We the Pople are merely viewed as conveniently ignorant collateral damage.


  2. David Eric Cummins says:

    I think Boehner is right. They have no intention of a full repeal and replacement (just certain pieces) of the ACA. But they can’t admit that fact or the anti-Obamacare crowd who voted for the GOP would eviscerate them. Instead they put out this bill which will likely fail. And when it does they will tell the Republican voters it was the Democrats’ fault, increasing the divisions between left and right simply so they can save face in front of their supporters.


  3. pystew says:

    It is designed to fail. The GOP, both in the Senate and the House, is divided into 3 groups–The right wing (former TEA party) who sees this as Obamacare 2.0, the representatives from states with Medicaid Expansion who actually care for their constituents, and the Ryan supporters, including our congressman who wants to be able to say they tried to “Repeal & Replace”.

    GOP Senators are divided, with four members, Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio,) Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) are against having Medicare Expansion sunset on January 1, 2020. Others are against it because it is too permissive.

    How many House Members will support Ryancare (or as Sen. Schumer calls it “Trumpcare”) if it is obviously dead in the Senate?

    See the New York Times article:

    G.O.P. Health Bill Faces Revolt From Conservative Forces


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