RYAN’S DISLOYALTY TO PRESIDENT TRUMP
A recently leaked audio recording of Paul Ryan ripping Donald Trump surfaced in early March of Ryan on a conference call with fellow Republican House members.
According to Breitbart, House Speaker Paul Ryan told his members that he was abandoning Donald Trump forever and would never defend him ever again.
“There are basically two things that I want to make really clear, as for myself as your Speaker. I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” Ryan said.
Paul Ryan initially refused to negotiate on his health care bill despite overwhelming conservatism criticism. This put President Trump is a bad spot. The question is why was Ryan trying to block Trump?
On a recent “Fox & Friends,” outspoken conservative commentator Laura Ingraham discussed Paul Ryan’s Obamacare repeal bill. Laura detailed how the AHCA bill was missing some key elements: mainly everything Trump wanted. Ingraham pointed out, “I don’t see any transparency and control of skyrocketing prices of health care. I certainly don’t see competition across state lines. And the drug companies, no provisions about that as far as I can see.”
Today, Breitbart reported exclusively reactions from White House sources, “this is another example of the staff not serving the president well and the weakness of the Paul Ryan speakership,” a source close to President Trump told Breitbart News. “This calls into question once again the speaker’s commitment to supporting Donald Trump and his agenda.”
“Speaker Ryan proved today that he does not have the best interests of the President at heart,” said another source close to the president. “He sold out the president and showed his word can be taken with a grain of salt. There is only one course of action that should be taken to move past this catastrophe and that is the swift removal of Paul Ryan from the speakership,” according to Breitbart.
This afternoon a Senate aide told Breitbart, it’s “a tale as old as time, our establishment leadership continue advocating for moderate pieces of legislation after ignoring conservative input,” the Senate aide said. “How can President Donald Trump trust Speaker Paul Ryan in the future after this failure? If he couldn’t deliver on something so simple as repealing Obamacare, will he be able to deliver on complex pieces of legislation?”
RYAN’S DISLOYALTY TO FELLOW HOUSE REPUBLICANS
When drafting the AHCA, Ryan essentially ignored the entire conservative wing of the Republican caucus in the House. He refused to even let House members look at early drafts of the bill.
Then, when conservative House Republicans threatened not to support Ryan’s AHCA, Ryan used precious resources, better used to fight the democrats in 2018, to attack GOP Congressmen unsure about his health care plan.
“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,” reported the Washington Post.
The American Action Network, “affiliated with” Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC, “is targeting 30 members it says are part of the House Freedom Caucus,” reported the Post.
“This is the beginning of his downfall,” one House Republican, told Breitbart News, of Ryan’s plan to hit his own conference with television ads.
“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.
Today a House GOP aide told Breitbart, “if Speaker Ryan cannot pass his RyanCare plan and negotiations had to be taken to the Oval Office by non-leadership members of the conference, it is certainly time to evaluate his effectiveness as the Speaker of the House.”
RYAN’S DISLOYALTY TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
Ryan completely disregarded the American people and the primary healthcare constituencies in crafting the AHCA.
The American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, nurses associations, hospital associations and AARP all denounced Ryan’s AHCA plan. Who did Speaker Ryan think would actually provide healthcare if the nation’s hospitals and physicians opposed the plan? Ryan made no effort to bring these groups in to discuss their concerns and build consensus.
WHO IS RYAN LOYAL TO?
The only constituencies that didn’t howl at Ryan’s AHCA plan were insurance, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies. Big pharma and insurance company lobbyists were delighted at some of Ryan’s plan’s provisions. There was no cap on pharmaceutical costs, and insurance companies were slated to reap a windfall.
Shortly before Speaker Paul Ryan presented his infamous AHCA Powerpoint presentation, Ryan was at a major fundraising breakfast sponsored by none other than one of the largest insurance industry lobbyists. The handprint of insurance and pharmaceutical companies was all over Ryan’s AHCA plan.
There is much discussion among House Republicans about whether Ryan should be replaced. For now, the President is publicly and graciously standing beside Ryan, but it may not be in his best interest to do so for the long-term.