Tryancare in Trouble
Look, we know it’s a tough row to hoe for Tryancare-Trump and Ryancare-in the Senate. Tom Cotton has been warning them they need to start over and slowdown. Paul Ryan is like ‘Wrong answer’ but Cotton knows it doesn’t have the GOP votes to pass the Senate.
That’s been obvious.
“12 GOP senators have criticized Paul Ryan’s health care bill. 3 defections kill it.”
But they’ve been struggling in the House with the Freedom Caucus. Despite Trump visiting Rand Paul in Kentucky and calling him out by name, Paul won’t budge. Paul maintains Tryancare is not even in the negotiation stage, it’s in the prenegotiation stage.
But today Steve Bannon’s Breitbart took a shot across the bough against Tryancare. First of all, they leaked footage of what Paul Ryan was saying on a GOP conference call the weekend after the release of the Hollywood Access video.
Breitbart sticks out the knives. You wonder if Bannon is supporting this effort from behind the scenes:
“In the Oct. 10, 2016 call, from right after the Access Hollywood tape of Trump was leaked in the weeks leading up to the election, Ryan does not specify that he will never defend Trump on just the Access Hollywood tape—he says clearly he is done with Trump altogether.”
“I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” Ryan says in the audio, obtained by Breitbart News and published here for the first time ever.
“Now, Ryan—still the Speaker—has pushed now President Donald Trump to believe his healthcare legislation the American Health Care Act would repeal and replace Obamacare when it does not repeal Obamacare. Ryan has also, according to Trump ally Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), misled President Trump into believing that Ryan’s bill can pass Congress. Paul and others believe the bill is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate since a number of GOP senators have come out against it, and there are serious questions about whether it can pass the House. This is the first major initiative that Trump has worked on with Ryan—and the fact it is going so poorly calls into question whether Speaker Ryan, the GOP’s failed 2012 vice presidential nominee who barely supported Trump at all in 2016, really understands how Trump won and how to win in general.”
“The October conference call apparently was intended only for House Republican members. It’s unclear which or how many House Republicans took part in the call, whether the participants knew it was being recorded, who made the recording, or whether a recording exists of the entire call. The remarks on the portion provided to Breitbart News certainly sound like they were coming from Speaker Ryan, who seemed to be abandoning his party’s presidential nominee altogether just weeks before the election. He says not only will he not defend the Access Hollywood comments, but he will not campaign with Trump at all between this call on Oct. 10, 2016, and the general election for the presidency on Nov. 8—and that Ryan would not defend Trump on anything generally.”
“Ryan followed through on his promise to not campaign with Trump, abandoning the now president in the final crucial weeks leading up to the all-important general election. But Trump won anyway, in a landslide in the electoral college crushing Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. This audio file means that Trump won all 306 of his electoral votes on his own, without Ryan, including the 10 he won in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin. As soon as Trump won without Ryan’s help, Ryan aligned himself with then President-elect Trump and now President Trump—acting like he never abandoned him on the campaign trail and never disinvited the president from a rally in his district.”
What’s really interesting about this ‘female voice opened the call’-is that she started out warning to be careful-ie, discreet-even here. That while they’d like to have a ‘family discussion’ things have a way of leaking and going public.
This woman who opened the call-whether a House member or not-was clairvoyant. The wrong way to interpret this, of course, is literally:
I am unclear why we are supposed to care that there is audio of Paul Ryan saying something we already knew he said.
— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) March 14, 2017
We knew he said it. Though we’ve never had this audio before. But the target is clear.
An audience of one. https://t.co/gjFCsI4Pko
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) March 14, 2017
Alex Jones also hates Tryancare.
Breitbart front page attacking Paul Ryan for stripping health insurance from 24M people, using CBO numbers. Conservatives don't like AHCA. pic.twitter.com/46iqlQFGsD
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) March 13, 2017
So the question is not can it pass the Senate. It’s can it pass the House or even make it to the House floor?
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UPDATE: I just got the poll results and they’re very interesting. I will wait to publish them tomorrow but what I can say for now is that when you compare how I do against King before respondents are familiar with my position and after and my numbers improved markedly when they found out my positions relative to King’s.
Exciting stuff. I will blog about it tomorrow morning.