The American Action Network, a group closely affiliated with House Speaker Paul Ryan, has spent $500,000 on attack ads targeting the hard-line House conservatives who aren’t currently supporting the GOP health-care legislation.
Besides the fact Republicans are turning against Republicans, the “facts” in these ads are anything but facts.
It seems his marathon time isn’t the only thing House Speaker Paul Ryan lies about.
According to Breitbart:
House Speaker Paul Ryan is openly targeting House Republicans with television advertisements—while conspicuously not hitting Democratic members—to try to browbeat them into supporting his healthcare legislation.
The remarkable development, in which a GOP leadership-connected organization is now opening fire on the airwaves against Ryan’s own members, is ultimately one of the main tactics employed by Ryan’s predecessor, former House Speaker John Boehner—one that was instrumental in forcing his resignation in 2015.
And while this is going on, with Ryan unrelentingly pushing for this American Health Care Act—nicknamed by many Republicans who oppose it “Ryancare,” “Obamacare 2.0,” or “Obamacare Lite”—members in the House GOP conference are beginning to whisper about replacing not just Obamacare but replacing Ryan as Speaker…
…“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.”
The problem is, however, that much of what is in these ads are not true.
As reported by The Washington Post, “The ads…make the case that the GOP bill is a true conservative alternative to the ACA, not a watered-down version of it.”
For example, the individual mandate is not being removed. The individual mandate, which “forced all Americans to buy a health insurance plan even if they did not want one or face a tax penalty”, is in Ryan’s bill. The only difference is where the financial penalty goes.
Ryan’s bill puts doctors and patients first? Then why do the American Medical Association and AARP oppose the bill?
The bill also suggests costs will be reduced — but even Republican senators refute this claim.
Images of John Boehner, former House speaker, are dancing in my head as I watch this debacle unfold.
Sometimes you want a different healthcare plan for your country and sometimes you want a faster marathon time–but lying doesn’t make legislation pass Congress. And it certainly will never get you to the Boston Marathon.