Speaker of the House Paul Ryan posted a clip of himself speaking at what’s presumably the weekly GOP news conference this Saturday, and it’s full of misleading statements that would make Donald Trump proud.
The topic that Ryan took up was healthcare, with him citing a recent Department of Health and Human Services report as a backup for his claim that the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — has had a thoroughly negative impact on the country’s health insurance markets.
While it’s true that some people’s health insurance premiums have gone up, many people’s haven’t, and the statistic offered by Ryan is simply an average, which can easily be skewed by an outlier.
Loren Adler and Paul B. Ginsburg argue that the relevant average, such as what Ryan cites, misses the point because it disregards how much higher premiums might have gone in the absence of the law, and it also disregards the measures in place under the ACA to make health coverage consistently more affordable for people in the face of rising premiums.
Still, Ryan has an agenda to push — the passage of Trumpcare — so he wasn’t about to shy away from making grandiose claims about how ghastly Obamacare supposedly is.
Captioning a video of him speaking, Ryan said, “We need to bring down the cost of coverage and revitalize the market so that people have real choices and access to affordable care.”
Ryan, as mentioned, wants to get Trumpcare passed, so he has great motive for peddling misleading, incomplete information about Obamacare. Under Trumpcare, Ryan proposes to “fix” rising healthcare costs through slashing services left and right.
The Congressional Budget Office predicts that tens of millions of people will lose their health coverage should Trumpcare pass in its current form.
And Ryan and others find it nothing to disregard the seriousness of that possibility.
Check out some of the best replies to Ryan’s tweet below.