Speaker of the House Paul Ryan appears to be buckling under pressure from both his Republican colleagues and Democratic constituents who say that repealing without having a replacement plan would be bad for the country.
On Tuesday, Ryan told reporters behind closed doors that it now makes sense to not repeal Obamacare right away, until they figure out its complete repercussions.
It is our goal to bring it all together concurrently. We’re going to use every tool at our disposal through legislation, through regulation, to bring replace concurrent along with repeal, so that we can save people from this mess.”
But – that’s not what Paul Ryan and Republicans have been saying in the past. Quite the contrary, their campaign promise was that repealing would be the first thing they do. That’s what it took for them to get elected – to make these big, bold promises.
Now that reality is setting in – they realize that repealing without a replacement plan has real consequences. Even Republican lawmakers are sounding the alarm, calling it fiscally irresponsible.
Take Senator Bob Corker….he probably talked some sense into Ryan. He warned his fellow Republicans that it would be “problematic,” and “not very appealing” and it doesn’t seem very intelligent” to repeal without having a replacement.
Also – Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson told CNN on Monday that he wants “to see the game plan in terms of how you actually enact replacement.” Because there currently isn’t one. Even Republicans on the inside don’t know.
There’s another big problem with this approach. And – it’s a game changer. Republicans are under pressure to do this as soon as possible, but enacting replacement legislation takes quite a long time. Healthcare is complicated. It takes years. The nation saw how long it took just to get Obamacare up and running – yet Republicans think they can do it in 100 days? Not going to happen.
But – here’s the thing: Republicans can repeal with just 50 votes in the Senate under the budget reconciliation process. But, it they want to pass a replacement (which Paul Ryan says is the plan now) they need 60 votes. That means they need help from Democrats. Guess what? Democrats aren’t going to give it to them that easily.
This is starting out to be a complete nightmare for Republicans.