I’ve always been a casual fan of Chris Wallace – especially his interview skills. He’s typically anchored Fox News Sunday with somewhat of a “right lean,” but he’s never been on the level of somebody like Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly when it comes to over-the-top conservatism.
Wallace is probably the one individual on Fox News who I’ve seen go after Republicans and ask them legitimate hard-hitting questions on a fairly consistent basis. That’s something you rarely see from anyone who works for America’s most watched conservative entertainment channel.
Well, yesterday morning Wallace brought on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and absolutely crushed him when it came to the Republican nonsense surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
It was obvious from the start that Wallace’s main point of this interview was to get Ryan to offer some details on what Republicans planned to do if the Supreme Court ruled against the ACA here in the next few weeks, which would strip away subsidies for millions of Americans.
The problem is, Ryan refused to offer a single detail – not even one. Instead, he just spouted off one prepared talking point after another, completely refusing to answer any of Wallace’s questions.
“For all the complaints, we’re five years into Obamacare and Republicans have still not come up with a coherent plan that will ensure that all of those millions of uninsured people will get coverage,” Wallace said before Ryan cut him off, saying Republicans are waiting to “see the details of the ruling” before commenting. Nice cop-out.
The truth is, Republicans could fix this right now if they wanted to. This entire court case centers around the wording of the law, not the intent of the law. All they would have to do is pass a one-page bill fixing that wording and millions of Americans wouldn’t have to worry about losing their subsidies and possibly their health insurance in the process.
Of course, Republicans won’t do that. In fact, they’re hoping the Supreme Court rules against the ACA because they see this as their golden opportunity to get this law repealed.
But perhaps the best part of the interview came after Ryan repeatedly said the law was a “failure,” only to have Wallace put up a graphic showing the successes of the law:
- 16 million people have obtained insurance through the ACA.
- Health care costs have risen at their lowest rate in 50 years.
- 129 million Americans can’t be kicked off their plans for pre-existing conditions.
Naturally, Ryan pretty much ignored those overwhelmingly positive numbers to continue to spew his obviously pre-rehearsed talking points. Basically no matter what Wallace asked or showed him, Ryan’s response was the same: The law has failed, we have a solution (but won’t tell anyone what it is), and we’re waiting to see what the ruling says.
During the entire interview, I just had this anger grow inside me listening to Ryan’s propaganda. Here he was, on the most conservative news network in the country, and he basically got humiliated because he flat-out refused to answer a simple question: What is the Republican plan if the Supreme Court rules against the ACA?
But the truth is, Republicans don’t want Americans to know their “alternative” because they really don’t have one. Their entire “plan” is predicated on the Supreme Court ruling against the ACA so that they can try to force through legislation that would essentially repeal the entire law. To them this isn’t about making sure Americans have health insurance, it’s all a political game.
Though at the end of the day, all the rhetoric in the world isn’t going to save them if millions of Americans lose their health insurance because Republicans finally got their way.
Watch the interview below via Fox News: