Lies and the lying liars who tell them
March 12, 2017 3 Comments
In other words, the Republican defenders of the ACA repeal effort. Philip Bump chronicles the lies from just today’s morning’s shows:
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: Coverage will increase. Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Price offered his vision for what success of the bill looked like.
“Success, it’s important to look at that,” he said. “It means more people covered than are covered right now at an average cost that is less. I believe that we can firmly do that with the plan that we’ve laid out there.”
Last year, Price, then a member of the House, offered an Affordable Care Act replacement bill that was vetoed by President Barack Obama. An analysis of that bill from the Congressional Budget Office figured that 18 million peoplewould lose coverage under that plan.
Price also told host Chuck Todd that “nobody will be worse off financially” under the proposal…
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan: People will make their own choices. Ryan appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with John Dickerson. After Ryan (R-Wis.) offered his prediction that the Congressional Budget Office would estimate that coverage would drop, Dickerson asked how many people the speaker thought might lose coverage.
“I can’t answer that question. It’s up to people,” he said. “Here’s the premise of your question. Are you going to stop mandating people buy health insurance? People are going to do what they want to do with their lives because we believe in individual freedom in this country.”
“It’s not our job to make people do something that they don’t want to do,” he added later. “It is our job to have a system where people can get universal access to affordable coverage if they choose to do so or not.”
It’s worth noting that this contrasts with what the official website for the Republican repeal effort states. Linked prominently from Ryan’s official House website, the public American Health Care Act page explicitly states in a FAQ that millions won’t lose coverage.
Ugh. In many ways, the most frustrating part of all of this is how Paul Ryan is still treated as a revered, wonkish truth-teller by so much of the press. When it comes to lies about taxes and health care policy, he’s literally just as bad as Donald Trump. Love this Yglesias tweet:
Just constant, bald-faced lying. Ryan has as much credibility here as Trump does on the Obama was wiretapping him allegation. Media needs to start treating Ryan with the same level of distrust and derision.
Oh, and just because I’m at it, Josh Marshall with a nice reminder of all of Trump’s health care promises, which, of course, he never actually meant.