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Robert Romano: Make Good On Your Word, Paul Ryan

PRESUMPTIVE HOUSE SPEAKER HAS A CHANCE TO STAND AGAINST OBAMACARE  || By ROBERT ROMANO || “What I tell people at home is I think we can get 85 percent of this, for sure, repealed in reconciliation.” That was U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the Mark Levin Show national radio…

PRESUMPTIVE HOUSE SPEAKER HAS A CHANCE TO STAND AGAINST OBAMACARE 

|| By ROBERT ROMANO || “What I tell people at home is I think we can get 85 percent of this, for sure, repealed in reconciliation.”

That was U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the Mark Levin Show national radio program on July 11, 2012, outlining House Republicans’ plan to repeal almost all of the health care law via the budget reconciliation process.

“All the Medicare policy, all the Medicaid funding, all the Obamacare exchange subsidies, that’s fiscal, that’s spending — taxing and spending.  All of that can go into reconciliation, which has always been our plan. It is our plan,” Ryan promised.

As the presumptive choice to be House Speaker, Ryan will have a chance to make good on his word.

But he will have to contend with the budget reconciliation measure that just passed the House of Representatives on October 23 by a 240 to 189 vote.  This measure repeals parts of the law, but leaves untouched the Medicaid expansion and Obamacare exchange subsidies Ryan had mentioned in the 2012 interview.

The problem is those are easily the most expensive parts of the law at $153 billion a year through 2025, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  That accounts for more than 90 percent of new spending that came about as a result of the law being enacted.

Ryan voted for the bill.

To call that a disappointment would be an understatement. Is it any wonder why some conservatives in the House and Senate oppose the legislation?

In a joint statement, Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Marco Rubio  (R-Fla.) slammed the bill, saying, “On Friday the House of Representatives is set to vote on a reconciliation bill that repeals only parts of Obamacare. This simply isn’t good enough. Each of us campaigned on a promise to fully repeal Obamacare and a reconciliation bill is the best way to send such legislation to President Obama’s desk. If this bill cannot be amended so that it fully repeals Obamacare pursuant to Senate rules, we cannot support this bill. With millions of Americans now getting health premium increase notices in the mail, we owe our constituents nothing less.”

Congressional Republicans ran in 2014 on putting a repeal of the health care law on President Barack Obama’s desk. Everyone knows he will veto it. But that’s not the point.

Republicans promised to do this. And voters expect that if you make a promise, you have to keep that promise. Is that so hard?

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Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on NetRightDaily.com.

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20 comments

TroubleBaby October 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm

“What I tell people at home is I think we can get 85 percent of this, for sure, repealed in reconciliation.”

This line shows he’s either a functional retard or simply a liar. Given his debate performance against Biden, I’m going with the former.

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grandtangosuglydog October 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Im voting on simply a retard..ooopsies wait a sec..im voting on functional retard..oh dam ill take C both

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Sweatin w/ the Oldies October 26, 2015 at 5:51 pm

He should stick to gay ass photoshoots with dumbells, instead of trying to be the leader of a bunch of dumbells.

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Bible Thumper October 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm

The President will not veto it. It will never get to his desk because there isn’t 60 votes in the Senate.

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Won't happen October 26, 2015 at 5:48 pm

These fools need to stop wasting time and money and learn to legislate, instead of pointless grandstanding.

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tomstickler October 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Well, reconciliation only needs 51 votes. That’s how they are going to try to sell it.

However, reconciliation is banned for bills that have a fiscal impact, and repealing any part of the ACA will have a fiscal impact — so Obama may get to use his pen again.

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stumpknocker October 26, 2015 at 4:57 pm

if a republican would run on streamlining Obamacare, there is a good chance he would get my vote, if that same republican were to run on repealing Obamacare, i’m gonna laugh at him and whoever votes for him. here is the translation, i’m going to washington and repeal Obamacare means i’m going to washington and piss into the wind while i throw a tantrum.

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Jackie Chiles October 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Good Lord. Can we give up the Repeal Obamacare talk? It’s not going to get repealed. This is why people don’t like Republicans. They talk and talk and talk and NEVER DO ANYTHING. I’d rather them just give up on Obamacare and try to cut somewhere else than keep repeating the same line for year after year.

At this rate, expect our grandkids to hear from the 5 republicans left in congress on how they’re going to repeal obamacare.

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Tazmaniac October 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

I’m pretty sure Obamacare is repealing itself if everything goes according to Jon Gruber’s plan. Hello single payer.

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stumpknocker October 26, 2015 at 5:29 pm

if the republicans went after big pharma, hospitals charging $500 for an aspirin, and the ama holding a monopoly on qualified doctors, like they went after Obamacare, this country would have affordable healthcare.

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Tazmaniac October 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm

True, but the Dems haven’t either.

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stumpknocker October 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

true but the fiscal conservatives are so hung up on somebody gaming the foodstamps, they are blind to the hundreds of billions corporate medical is reaming us out on. could use a little help repubs.

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Tazmaniac October 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Again, Rs tend to look out for the Docs/hospitals and Ds for the trial lawyers. Nobody budges and the status quo is kept. I’m crazy enough to want all the cheats, poor and rich, out of the government trough.

Tom October 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Trial lawyers?? Are you not sick and tired of saying that same old crap. Even Republican politicians don’t blame malpractice anymore. Most of the states enacted tort reform a decade ago; and as was predicted by most people who knew what they were talking about, it made no difference in the cost of health care. Why? Because despite what the insurance industry would have you believe Malpractice settlements and verdicts are an insignificant part of the cost of health care. Somewhere around 3%. So please stop the BS. The truth is that as usual Republican tort reform only hurts middle class people. It help wealthy insurance companies make more money.

Rocky Verdad October 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm

This sir, is the most logical, intelligent post I have read on FITS in months, maybe even years.

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Not going back October 26, 2015 at 5:41 pm

The only idea the republicans have is to return the country to 2008. When the country was on the brink of ruin thanks to the last republican president. Whoever they nominate will be destroyed when it comes time to debate.

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erneba October 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm

This plodding monster will not be disassembled by a group of mere humans in the Congress of the the United States.
This thing will died a natural death, one likened to an overly obese fat person that can’t stop eating and expires of its own natural accord.
Just wait till the rate increases start accumulating, service diminishes, wait times lengthen, etc..
Then…guess what…single payer… it’s inevitable.

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Bring it on October 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Bring it on. Then we can join other first world countries and maybe crack the top ten for healthcare again.

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Tazmaniac October 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm

First they have to make everything so terrible that bad looks good. Destruction of the private medical industry is a must.

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erneba October 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm

You got it. This is only the first step.

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