Speaking for GOP, Paul Ryan's State of the Union Rebuttal Filled with Lies
“Budget Czar” Paul Ryan (R-WI) was handpicked by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to deliver the GOP's official rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union last night, but apparently they choose him for his capacity for truth. In a lengthy speech that was more complaining than problem-solving, Ryan toed the typical party line -- that healthcare is “stifling” job creation, that it will bankrupt our country, that it's heralding an evil era of socialism, that it will kill your grandmother, yadda yadda yadda -- points which, time and again, have proven to be patently untrue. It was yet another effort to mislead Americans about the Affordable Care Act:
What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees.
Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.
Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.
Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt. And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.
Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.
We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.
The speech was a checklist of the GOP's fave talking points -- points which have been systematically debunked by a grip of reputable organizations (including right here on AlterNet). Providing the country with a humane healthcare solution will not kill jobs and it will not bankrupt the country. As is typical of this new, symbolic and ineffectual round of Republicans, the speech was long on platitudes and short on solutions. Read the full text here.