Lifelong Republican Cancer Survivor Shames Paul Ryan in Spectacular Fashion
House Republicans began their speedy repeal of Obamacare this week, leaving the millions of people who have insurance through the plan to wonder what's next.
"We want to do this at the same time, and in some cases in the same bill," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday night at a CNN town hall. "So we want to advance repealing this law with its replacement at the same time."
But audience members enrolled in Obamacare remained skeptical.
"I was a Republican and I worked for the Reagan and Bush campaigns," Jeff Jeans told Ryan. "Just like you, I was opposed to the Affordable Care Act. When it was passed, I told my wife we would close our business before I complied with this law. Then, at 49, I was given six weeks to live with a very curable type of cancer."
Jeans, a small business owner, then explained that his preexisting condition made it difficult to find affordable insurance.
“I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance,” he said. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here alive."
"Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?" he asked.
Ryan again claimed the plan was to replace Obamacare with "something better," echoing the president-elect's vague proposal.
"I'm glad you're standing here," Ryan stammered.
But Jeans interrupted. "Can I just say one thing?" he asked. “I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I’d be dead if it weren’t for him."
Curiously, CNN cut out the last part in their web version.
The bad optics that began Paul Ryan's town hall: Ex-Reagan campaign worker thanks Obamacare for saving his life. https://t.co/bacg2Qk3TL— Dan Diamond (@Dan Diamond)1484290490.0