Last week, the Republican “repeal” and replace effort died an embarrassing and very public death. Then, the GOP top brass informed us that we’d be “living with ObamaCare” for the forseeable future, because (for reasons no one understood) they were moving on to other things. Now it appears that’s not the case. Stories of the AHCA’s demise may have been premature.
According to a bit of spectacular understatement from Paul Ryan, the bill has been experiencing “growing pains.” It is not, however, dead.
From CBS This Morning:
“You promised to repeal Obamacare for seven years. Your bill didn’t survive three weeks. What happened?” O’Donnell asked.
“Well, it hasn’t survived yet. What happened is, we are going through, what I would call, a very painful growing pain. I’d like to see the growth at the end of that pain, which is we had been an opposition party for 10 years,” Ryan said. “And I’ve been long saying, if we’re going to be successful, deliver for the American people, improve people’s lives, we’ve got to become a proposition governing party. … About 90 percent of our members are for this bill. We’re not going to give up after seven years of dealing with this, after running on a plan all of last year, translating that plan into legislation, which is what this is.”
So what’s the Plan B?
“Plan B is we keep talking to each other and figure out how we get to yes, and how we get this bill passed,” Ryan said.
“So you’re not changing the policy, you’re just putting more pressure?” O’Donnell asked.
“No, we’re listening to people. If we can make improvements to this bill, all the better. So if improvements can be…
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