Paul Ryan may not know how health insurance works, but if his late-night infomercial style press conference was anything to go by, he definitely does not realize that.
Following intense backlash from the Democrats, medical professionals, the American Medical Association and even some Republican members of Congress over the GOP replacement bill for Obamacare, the House speaker decided to roll up his sleeves and pin a microphone to his tie before diving into a PowerPoint presentation.
After all, what could be a better way to get your point across than making a PowerPoint presentation, right?
The whole thing was surreal.
For starters, Ryan looked more like a college professor than, you know, a senior politician, as he avoided talking about the divide the new bill has caused within his party and instead focused all his energy on bashing the Affordable Care Act for its shortcomings.
“We as Republicans have been waiting seven years to do this. We as Republicans, who fought the creation of [Obamacare] and accurately predicted it would not work, ran for office in 2010, in 2012, in 2014, in 2016, on a promise that if given the ability we would repeal and replace this law,” he said. “This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The time is here; the time is now. This is the moment.”
The biggest flaw in Obamacare that has sent it into a “death spiral,” according to Ryan, was the fact that ACA has healthy individuals paying for insurance that is only used by sick people.
“The fatal conceit of Obamacare is that young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for the older, sicker people,” he lamented.
What Ryan does not realize is that it is exactly how insurance works.
You buy a health care plan and you continue to pay even if you do not need it right now only to utilize it when you are sick. According to the Insurance Institute of Michigan, “Insurance basically involves a group of people agreeing to share risks.”
Paul Ryan says insurance can't work if healthy must pay more to subsidize the sick. But this is exactly what happens in every employer plan.— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) March 9, 2017
"Why should I have to pay for other people's healthcare?" ask people with insurance who don't understand what insurance is— Jon Schwarz (@tinyrevolution) March 8, 2017
Ryan probably thought his use of '90s-style visual aides would magically force the Senate into appreciating the American Health Care Act that is going to put nearly 11 million Americans at risk of losing their health insurance.
However, the images of his gesticulating wildly toward a screen definitely did not have the effect he had intended. Instead, Ryan ended up becoming a viral meme.
Allow me to save all the Photoshoppers some time. pic.twitter.com/vwiRJTeVPM— Philip Bump (@pbump) March 9, 2017
The results, as expected, are hilarious.
Here are a select few:
I am LOVING Paul Ryan's healthcare presentation right now pic.twitter.com/JNfl36QwEE— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 9, 2017
important government business happening pic.twitter.com/mbPmM9L6C8— Challenger (@bakedinapie) March 9, 2017
"rest assured our plan will not cover the people the president so artfully mocked during the campaign" pic.twitter.com/cywI37r6m8— darth™ (@darth) March 9, 2017
Paul Ryan's presentation is getting weird pic.twitter.com/CP39RudSSO— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 9, 2017
"I can't see any downside to our plan to repeal Obamacare" pic.twitter.com/pFyvlXhzfn— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 9, 2017
"And while the software library is somewhat limited, the new Zelda alone makes Nintendo Switch a must-have. Mom, dad, thanks for listening" pic.twitter.com/ShqslZRPsX— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 9, 2017
incredible pic.twitter.com/p1JpmeYNty— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) March 9, 2017
the GOP replacement plan is actually pretty simple pic.twitter.com/fvq42i32IZ— Isaiah Breen (@isikbreen) March 9, 2017
Paul Ryan's healthcare TED Talk really went off the rails. pic.twitter.com/h3yn4T8Zco— ??Maggie Serota ?? (@maggieserota) March 9, 2017
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