Without a doubt, Donald Trump’s the most talked about person in politics right now. Since the day he launched his campaign nearly two years ago, following Trump has been a never-ending circus of lies, conspiracies, and mental instability.
While Trump ultimately went on to “win” last year’s election (despite receiving 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton), he did so by basing his campaign on promises rational people knew he would never accomplish — and with a lot of help from the Russian government.
However, even as terrible as Trump has been, I’ve actually argued that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) is an even bigger bottom-feeding scumbag.
A perfect example of what I mean happened on Sunday during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos where he claimed the criticism of Trumpcare 3.0 was nothing more than lies being pushed by the left.
“A lot of your members have conceded they didn’t read the bill. There wasn’t a single committee hearing or committee markup on the finalized version of the bill. There wasn’t a CBO analysis of this bill,” Stephanopoulos remarked. “So have you met your own standard here?”
The standard to which Stephanopoulos was referring was comments Ryan made in 2009 where he criticized Democrats’ handling of Obamacare saying that no bill should be voted on before there has been time for independent analysis.
“Yeah, I think this is kind of a bogus attack from the left. Let me say a couple of things,” Ryan said. “The bill’s been online for two months.”
“Not the final version,” Stephanopoulos replied.
“The final version was an amendment that was three pages long. It takes you 30 seconds to read,” Ryan replied.
Everything about what Ryan said here is sleazy.
Technically it’s true the bill House Republicans didn’t even vote on a few weeks ago has been online for everyone to read. That being said, the major change Republicans made in Trumpcare 3.0 is rather significant as it allows states the ability to opt-out of requiring health insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
As I wrote just before House Republicans voted on this bill, there’s a reason why they kept it under wraps until the very last minute.
Later, Ryan went on to say that the “only thing that matters” is the most recent CBO score indicates that the bill is “in compliance with the Senate budget rules.”
For the record, that same CBO report said that 24 million people would lose health insurance; Medicaid would be gutted; Americans 50 and older would see their premiums drastically increase; and the wealthiest among us would get a huge tax break.
But, according to Ryan, the only thing that matter was this bill was “in compliance with the Senate budget rules.”
Not that it guts a program that provides poor people with health care.
Not that older Americans will see their premiums drastically increase.
Not that 24 million Americans will lose their insurance.
Not that it allows health insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
Nope, that stuff apparently doesn’t matter. According to Ryan, “what matters here” is that this bill is “in compliance with the Senate budget rules.”
That’s really another way of him admitting that the only thing they were really concerned with was doing whatever they could to get this bill through the House so they could get a “win” for Trump and shift blame toward the Senate where they knew it would never pass.
Furthermore, there have been a few Republicans who’ve admitted voting for this bill without knowing exactly what was inside. So Ryan can claim that there were only “three new pages” added to what had been posted online for weeks, but that doesn’t negate the fact that several members of his own party have said they didn’t read it fully.
This is who Paul Ryan is and has always been. He’s a hypocritical, lowlife scumbag who’ll lie and screw over poor and middle class Americans with a smile on his face. That’s exactly why, as much as I loathe Donald Trump, I still believe Paul Ryan is worse.
Watch the interview below via ABC News: