Paul Ryan Made a Big Mistake Whining to Seth Meyers About His Trumpcare Coverage
On “Late Night” Monday, host Seth Meyers revealed that he had received an email from the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan promoting the GOP’s spin on the American Health Care Act. As Meyers was quick to point out, unlike Republicans and their Obamacare repeal bill, Meyers and his team actually read the whole email.
“Everything that Paul Ryan claimed to hate about the Obamacare process in 2009, he’s doing now,” Meyers told his viewers, before playing a series of clips in which Ryan denounced the Affordable Care Act on the grounds that it was being rushed and that many in Congress had not yet read it.
Meyers — who is, remember, a chat-show host and comic entertainer — then proceeded to list the arguments of Ryan — supposedly one of the most important and wonkish politicians in the U.S. — as well as how he (Meyers) would respond to them. It was rich.
At one point, Ryan’s email contested the notion that the bill had been rushed, arguing that, “this bill has been online for a month, went through four House committees, and the only change this week was a simple three-page amendment.”
Meyers disputed this analysis as, “misleading for a number of reasons,” including the fact that the three-page amendment was what had prompted many Republicans to support the new bill. Meyers also noted that Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina had complained that the bill was rushed through.
Meyers also drew attention to Ryan’s claim that the bill, “does not only cut taxes on wealthier Americans. The bill repeals all of Obamacare’s taxes.” As Meyers pointed out, however, the fact that other people will experience tax cuts doesn’t change the fact that wealthy Americans will disproportionately benefit from the tax cuts offered by the American Health Care Act.
Finally, Meyers took Ryan to task on his defense of the AHCA’s provision allowing states to permit their insurance companies to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions. Ryan argued that this was negated by the fact that the bill required those insurance companies to set up high risk pools, but as Meyers pointed out, high-risk pools for older and sicker people historically, “have provided worse coverage at much higher costs.”
Meyers didn’t mince words in his closing argument, saying that, “the bottom line is this: Republicans rushed this bill through for ideological reasons, despite the fact that every analysis shows it would cut taxes for the wealthy, raise premiums for older, sicker people, and kick millions off insurance.”
He then closed the segment by showing President Donald Trump unintentionally admit that Australia’s more left-wing health care system is in fact superior to the more right-wing one that exists in the United States right now.