House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) just declared that repealing and replacing Obamacare with a giant tax cut disguised as a healthcare plan was an “act of mercy” for the American people.
“What I want to tell my fellow citizens. is that the nightmare of Obamacare is about to end. That we are doing what we said we would do in this campaign which is repeal and replace this awful law that is crashing.
Let me say one more thing. Let’s not forget, Obamacare is collapsing. Obamacare isn’t staying. If we did nothing the law would collapse and leave everybody without affordable health care.
We are doing an act of mercy.”
In reality, under Paul Ryan’s plan, which even Republicans have referred to as a “stinking pile of garbage,” six to ten million Americans would lose their access to healthcare as insurance executives and the ultrawealthy enjoy a $600 billion tax cut. The heaviest blow from the repeal would fall hardest on America’s retirees, as Ryan’s plan allows companies to quintuple the premiums of elderly Americans.
“You’re both jacking up the prices and giving people less of a subsidy, which is a damaging combination,” argues David Certner of the AARP, which has joined the American Medical Association and the American Nurses’ Association in condemning the bill.
The American people, who have suddenly realized that the Affordable Care Act is actually preferable to not having health insurance, are furious at Ryan for his insensitive remarks.
Here’s a collection of Twitter’s best responses.
Obamacare: "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
Trumpcare: "If you like your cancer, you can keep your cancer."
— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) March 8, 2017
Trumpcare solves big problems if the big problems are the rich don't have enough money and poor people live too long.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 8, 2017
Man, Trumpcare just brutal for middle aged folks making less than $75K. (NYT chart) pic.twitter.com/prm8TYPazm
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) March 8, 2017
Reminder: GOP is celebrating International Women's Day by holding committee vote on TrumpCare, ending federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) March 8, 2017
Paul Ryan just called the GOP's repeal and replacement of Obamacare an "act of mercy." pic.twitter.com/enHtzMYgjk
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 7, 2017
— George Monroe (@Nupe117) March 8, 2017
Paul Ryan just called repealing Obamacare "an act of mercy." Perhaps meant depriving 10 million Americans of health care is "mercy killing?"
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) March 8, 2017
Paul Ryan: "We're doing an act of mercy" (by repealing the ACA)
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) March 8, 2017