Here, pulled from Jeff Poor’s article at breitbart.com, are several selected quotes from Paul Ryan’s press conference, held yesterday after pulling the TrumpCare vote because it would not have passed:
“I don’t know what else to say other than Obamacare’s the law of the land. It’s going to be remain the law of the land until it’s replaced. We did not have quite the votes to replace this law.
“And so, yeah, we’re gonna be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don’t know how long it’s gonna take us to replace this law.
“My worry is Obamacare is — is going to be getting even worse. Actually, I think we were probably doing the Democrats a favor. I think we are doing the architects of Obama a favor by passing this law before it gets even worse.
“Well, I guess that favor’s not going to be given to them and it’s going to get worse. And so, I don’t think the architects of Obamacare — I’m sure they may be pleased right now. But when they see how bad this thing gets, they said all the projections were being told by — by the plans that are participating in Obamacare. I don’t think they’re gonna like that either.
“Look, five states you got one plan left, one choice. Over a third of the counties in America, one plan left. And the kinds of projections we’re being told from the people providing health insurance to these people in plans, it’s gonna get even worse.
“And so, I don’t think the architects of Obamacare envisioned this future. It’s certainly not one we want for the American people. And I wish we had the kind of consensus we needed to bring a bill to the floor to pass and replace it but we just don’t have that right now.”
Translation: we couldn’t pass an alternative to ObamaCare, so we are going to keep it for some period of time longer…during which it will get worse and worse.
And as it gets worse and worse, we are going to make good and damn sure we remind voters whose system it is.
I doubt very much that is what Paul Ryan wanted to be saying yesterday. I am pretty certain he wanted to be talking up the replacement bill after it passed through the house.
But, from a purely political perspective, it is an excellent opportunity to argue that:
-Yes, a minority of Republicans would have voted against TrumpCare, but a large majority would have voted in favor. And EVERY Democrat voted against. Therefore Democrats maintain complete ownership of ObamaCare in its current form…
-…and the only reason a number of Republicans would have voted against TrumpCare was because the new bill didn’t go far enough toward repeal and replace. In other words, it wasn’t because they wanted to retain ObamaCare, it was because they wanted the replacement to be even further from it.
In the above scenario, the only thing that would save Democrats is if ObamaCare, instead of continuing its downward spiral, magically became a success.
Anyone want to take bets on that happening? I’m giving odds.