By Ben Barrack
The battle between the Republican establishment and conservative base is heating up, specifically relative to Obamacare. The bill being touted by House Speaker Paul Ryan is being billed as Obamacare-lite and RINOcare (Repeal In Name Only). However, in an interview Ryan gave to John Dickerson of Face the Nation, the speaker appeared to deliver a Freudian slip. While making his case, Ryan inadvertently suggested that we need to “re-paste” Obamacare instead of saying to “replace” it.
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Remember, Ryan did to the House Freedom Caucus exactly what the Democrats did to the Republicans generally in 2009-10. They hid the bill until they were ready to release it. That is a huge red flag that – to date – hasn’t been effectively explained.
As for who is right in this debate, all I know is that the members of Congress I trust the most (still, very little) hate this bill. That is enough smoke for me to question it. I haven’t gotten into the weeds on this bill but if the House Freedom Caucus hates Ryan’s bill, perhaps it’s because all he wants to do is “re-paste” Obamacare.
Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin shredded Ryan’s bill.
So has Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who also appeared on Face the Nation: