Just days after the GOP pushed the American Health Care Act through the U.S. House of Representatives, House Speaker Paul Ryan defended the law in an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, by lying through his teeth about what it does or does not.
Ryan on the final CBO Score
The ABC host grilled the healthcare bill’s advocate because the bill did not have a final score from the Congressional Budget Office. Ryan who once slammed Obama because Obamacare did not have a final CBO score, said that the final amendment to the law, which needed the score, “was only three pages long.”
The Republican tried to downplay the importance of the CBO assessment, but the three-page document contained provisions so important that convinced Freedom Caucus hardliners to sway their votes to a “yes.”
In the interview with ABC, Ryan uttered another falsehood. He insisted that “no matter what,” under the new bill, a patient with a preexisting condition cannot be denied health insurance. Trumpcare, however, hardly protects these patients from being overcharged when seeking insurance.
For instance, the bill which is now heading to the U.S. Senate enables state governments to opt out of the federal protections granted under Obama to people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, and stroke. In other words, sick patients will be charged higher rates and be deemed a “high-risk pool.” In the past, these patients were often put on long waiting lists, but Ryan thinks they will be okay as long as they remain covered.
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Priebus Backs Ryan
Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus backed Ryan on this one, saying that continuous coverage, employer-based insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare wouldn’t jeopardize the access to health care of sick recipients. When Priebus told Chris Wallace that “some people” might lose continuous coverage, the Fox News’ anchor underlined that millions of people would be in this situation.
Priebus also claimed that an extra $8 billion would keep health care costs down for people with preexisting conditions. However, a recent analysis shows that the bill needs an additional $200 billion to prevent high-risk pools from being underfunded. On Friday, HHS Secretary Tom Price acknowledged that these patients should pay more for health coverage, but Ryan and Priebus Sunday did not reiterate this issue.