Things are heating up in the nation’s capitol – not between the Democrats and Republicans – but between two opposing factions within the GOP ranks.
Once again, it’s the establishment versus conservatives, this time in a fight over the leadership’s proposed changes to Obamacare, which many Republicans oppose.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has taken out ads targeting many in the conservative ranks of the party to essentially browbeat them into supporting what they’re referring to as RyanCare.
According to the Washington Post:
“A group with close ties to House Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), is airing a half-million dollars’ worth of television ads in more than two dozen media markets urging unruly conservatives to support GOP health-care legislation.”
The ad, which target 30 members of the Freedom Caucus, states:
“The Republicans’ American Health Care Act versus Obamacare,” a narrator says in the Ryan-connected ads. “Obamacare is full of job-destroying mandates. The new plan eliminates them. Obamacare put bureaucrats in control. The Republican plan puts patients and doctors in charge. Obamacare stuck families with soaring premiums. The new plan provides more choices and lower costs.”
According to Brietbart the ad’s assertions are untrue.
The Ryan bill does not eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate, the highly controversial part of Obamacare that forced all Americans to buy a health insurance plan even if they did not want one or face a tax penalty collected by the IRS. Ryan’s bill still forces all Americans to buy healthcare, but gives the penalty collected for not doing so to insurance companies.
The bureaucrats versus patients and doctors claim can also be challenged, given that the AARP and the American Medical Association both oppose the bill, while the bureaucrat-connected Washington establishment organization the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backs Ryan’s plan.
Ryan’s attack is similar to former Speaker John Boehner’s tactic of targeting his own party’s members, something that eventually resulted in his ouster.
Some frustrated Republicans are working now not only to replace RyanCare with a more conservative bill, but also reportedly whispering about replacing Ryan as speaker.
“This is the beginning of his downfall,” one House Republican, who wished not to be named, told Breitbart News of Ryan’s decision to open fire on his own conference with television ads. The member noted that it was about two years ago exactly that Boehner did the same thing, and his days were numbered after that.
“I think Paul Ryan sees himself as about as untouchable as John Boehner did and that’s a dangerous position of hubris,” another member told Breitbart News.
When Ryan was elected Speaker of the House in 2015, he allegedly promised to never use Boehner’s tactics, a pledge he has just violated.
As we reported recently, he does not have the 218 votes to pass the bill in the house, and it is supposedly “dead on arrival” in the Senate.