Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi Mocks Paul Ryan On His Big Plans

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Nancy Pelosi mocked Paul Ryan on his proposed plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

After nearly seven years of much waiting, speculating, and anticipation, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) finally took the tarp off of the much awaited Republican alternative to Obamacare and was mocked mercilessly by former democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi.



“It’s not a bill. It isn’t scored,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday. “We’re trying to figure out how many people would lose insurance.”

Ryan’s plan, released last week to Republican golf claps; the proposal calls for repealing almost all of the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a mish-mash of insignificant items, like setting up “high-risk pools” for people with money-sucking illnesses and raising premiums for older consumers in order to lower rates for younger adults. In some cases, it would allow health insurers to return to the good old days of denying insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.

It’s safe to say that the plan is nowhere near the large scale replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that the GOP has been promising for the last seven years. It has no details on costs, the size of tax credits, or how many people would be covered or not covered. It’s completely void of details.

Pelosi took particular issue with provisions to turn Medicare into a voucher program for retirees as well as increasing the age of retirement.

The big zit on the face of his proposal is the raising the age … for Medicare. I mean, that’s a nonstarter. So if you didn’t need to know anything else about his proposal, know that.

Pelosi isn’t particularly concerned about Ryan’s proposal going anywhere, given the lack of accomplishments the GOP is known for. In the 2,288 days since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the GOP has attempted dozens of repeal votes and vowed to replace the law with something better, and all they have to show for it is a 37-page document that looks more like a wish list than a serious health care plan.



“It isn’t legislation,” Pelosi said. “Maybe when they ever decide to write legislation, they’ll get a score on how much it’s going to cost, how many people will lose coverage, and we can make a judgement about it.”

At this point, you’d think that even republican legislators are getting fed up with this sort of stupidity.

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