Paul Ryan released his budget today. It assumes that Obamacare will be repealed, but we all know that’s not going to happen. This budget is a colossal waste of time, which the Republican Party has turned into a science.
So how did we get here?
In 2010, the Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. People were all like:
And then Obama signed the bill into law. It was totally official. But Republicans really didn’t like it.
So Republicans in the House of Representatives tried to repeal it. Thirty-three times. But that never worked, so they decided to do anything they could think of to make life miserable for people and states trying to implement the law.
Rick Scott used all his powers to try and stop Obamacare, even bringing it to the Supreme Court.But the Supreme Court said it was constitutional. Everyone who realized they were going to be able to get health care was like:
The only hope for opponents of Obamacare was to elect a President who would repeal the law. The GOP primary process was long and grueling, and they ended up with this guy:
But Mitt Romney didn’t have a whole lot of support with the conservative base, so he asked Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
Which made a lot of people go like this:
Ryan was a big deal because he wrote the House Republican budget that repealed Obamacare and ended Medicare as we know it. That angered seniors and anyone who was ever planning on becoming one.
It also made Medicaid into a block-grant program and cut needed health care assistance to the poor and children. Which really wasn’t right.
Ironically, while he is incredibly anti-government, Paul Ryan has never held a real job anywhere outside Congress.
The Romney-Ryan campaign really thought that they were going to win and get to repeal Obamacare, but they lost. President Obama’s re-election ensured that the health care law will be implemented.
Some important provisions already are in effect, but the main part of the law kicks in on Jan. 1, 2014. Republicans who still don’t like Obamacare are pretending that they can still repeal the law. So Paul Ryan today put out his new Republican budget, and guess what? It contains the same old, tired policies that voters thoroughly rejected at the polls in 2012.
Paul Ryan’s budget, which is the GOP’s major policy document, assumes that Obamacare will be repealed. Which isn’t going to happen until one of these shows up:
Even Fox News thinks Ryan’s budget is a dead letter:
Since Fox News is pretty much just a mouthpiece for the Republican Party, when Chris Wallace says “that’s not going to happen,” then it isn’t.