"It was sold as giving you more choices," said the speaker of the House of Representatives. "But it didn't do that"by Joseph Evans / April 21, 2017 / Leave a comment
“We want to have a system in America where everyone has affordable access to good health insurance and good health care cover. That is not what the current law does.”
In his role as US Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan is working at the coalface of Donald Trump’s promised healthcare reforms. His relationship with Trump got off to a rocky start in June last year with Ryan describing a statement made by Trump during the election campaign as “the textbook definition of a racist comment” and Trump saying that Ryan was “ineffective and disloyal.” He was slow to endorse Trump during the election, saying that the man who is now president was “not ready” even after he became the Republican nominee.
In Ryan’s words they have “patched up” their relationship, sharing the view that Obamacare is an ailing system with reform as the only fix.
Speaking to Prospect he said: “We won running on an Obamacare repeal and replacement plan. This is a popular thing to do because this law is effectively collapsing under its own weight, it was sold as giving you more choices, but it didn’t do that. A third of all counties in America have only one Obamacare insurer and premiums are going up into double digits every year.”
Despite the hyperbole we have come to expect in the post-Trump era of American politics, Ryan’s criticisms of Obama’s keystone health reform do stand up to scrutiny. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—commonly referred to as Obamacare—was intended to lower insurance premiums for the 45m Americans without any health cover.
Signed into law in 2010, it ushered in a dramatic reduction in the number of…