He’s still pushing the same plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and voucherize Medicare — despite the fact that Americans resoundingly rejected his party’s austerity-for-the-sick-and-the-poor philosophy in the presidential election. And despite the fact that even once reliable media allies are showing signs of being over him (emphasis in original):
On Sunday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) stopped by Fox News Sunday to preview his new budget, which will be released in full on Tuesday. As it had the past two years, this year’s version will call for massive cuts to social service programs, including food stamps, job training, Medicaid, and Medicare. Host Chris Wallace challenged Ryan on the viability of his plan, pointing out that he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, and, “that’s not going to happen.”
Still, Ryan insisted that he and then-running mate Mitt Romney won the election on this issue because they “won the senior vote”:
WALLACE: Are you saying that as part of your budget you would repeal — you assume the repeal of Obamacare?
WALLACE: Well that’s not going to happen.
RYAN: Well, we believe it should. [...]
WALLACE: This was a big issue in the campaign between Romney-Ryan vs. Obama-Biden. They think they won and they think that’s one of the reasons they won, and there are, Congressman, a lot of independent studies that say if you put this into effect, the net effect will be that seniors will end up having to pay more of the share of their healthcare cost. [...]
RYAN: I would argue against your premise that we lost this issue in the campaign. We won the senior vote.
Still, perhaps lyin’ Ryan may have inadvertently told the truth when asked for his thoughts about 2016:
Ryan said his focus over the next year should be on the budget talks.
“That’s to me the most important thing. I shouldn’t be clouding my judgment today by thinking about some political thing four years from now. I should not be clouding my judgment by thinking, ‘How does this position me to run for president?’” he said.
And he isn’t!