House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has been out pitching his American Health Care Act and will be going on “Face the Nation” on Sunday as well. He tends to make generic claims, so it’s time to pin him down. Interviewers can start with these questions:
You said that Obamacare failed because the healthier, younger people were subsidizing the sicker, generally older people. Isn’t that how all insurance works?
Doesn’t Trumpcare also subsidize certain groups through tax credits?
You don’t favor getting rid of Medicare and Medicaid, which subsidize people’s health care, do you?
You repeal the Medicare surcharge on the very wealthy, giving them a huge tax cut. Is that fair when you are cutting the budget and giving stingier health-care credits to certain groups? Isn’t this a very regressive plan?
Will older, sicker people pay more out of pocket under Trumpcare than under Obamacare? Why are you hitting the “forgotten men and women” the hardest?
Republican governors oppose rolling back Medicaid. What do you say to them?
Your continuous-coverage penalty is less than the penalty for the individual mandate. Isn’t it going to be less effective, creating the very same death spiral you complained about?
You say coverage doesn’t matter. The vast majority of people cannot get health care without insurance, so why do you say that?
What do you say to the 10 million or 20 million people who will lose peace of mind when they no longer have health-care coverage?
How many people in your state will pay more for health care under Trumpcare than they do now? How many will lose coverage?
You favor health savings accounts, but those are primarily used by wealthy people who can afford to set aside money. Isn’t this a subsidy for the rich, by the way?
If you do not pass a health-care bill, will Congress have failed? Should voters put Democrats back in the majority if you cannot achieve your biggest objective?
The AMA, AARP, American Hospital Association, Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and many conservatives and moderates in the Senate all oppose your bill. Why do you think that is?
If you send a bill to the Senate knowing it cannot get 51 votes, have you accomplished anything?
How is it responsible to mark up a major bill with no scoring from the Congressional Budget Office? Surely you consulted with the CBO so you know roughly how many people lose coverage, what this costs, what the lost revenue is, etc. Why are you keeping that from the American people?
President Trump said he would cover “everybody.” This bill does not. Did he break his promise to the American people?