Paul Ryan, Steve King, Jim Jordan, TrumpCare & Babies
Jim Jordan caves in as Freedom Caucus supplicates to King Trump
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Qui tacet, consentir videtur - he who is silent, is taken to agree -
While Iowa voters contemplate whether they will be branded 'white supremacists' if they do nothing, or recall Representative Steve King, Ohio voters brace themselves for the inevitable moment when Representative Jim Jordan caves in to the relentless pressure being exerted upon him by the White House and establishment Republicans like the neo-Libertarian Speaker, Paul Ryan.
Silence may be golden at times, but at other times, its just plain yellow. And inevitably, he who is silent, is taken to agree.
The American Health Care Act will give upper income earners a 600 billion dollar tax cut, to be paid for by a 600 billion dollar cut in health services to low income earners and seniors.
In his flip chart presentation to sell the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare), Speaker Paul Ryan used a pie chart illustrating that the mandated insurance purchased by the young (the big piece of the pie) under the Affordable Care Act, who were, in his words, relatively healthy, was to a large extent used to provide the funds (the smaller piece of the pie) for the care of seniors. Paul Ryan found this to be inherently unfair. And, under TrumpCare, the young can choose not to buy health insurance.
What is shocking, but not surprising, is that Ryan shows such a fundamental lack of appreciation for how insurance functions.
Safe drivers with no accidents (the big piece of the pie) provide the funds to pay for the accidents of others (the smaller piece of the pie) who do have accidents, but the reason everyone needs insurance (mandated insurance) is that anyone can have an accident at any time.
Of course, no one (save Ryan and Trump) would suggest that those who have not had an accident should be permitted to drive without insurance, and no one (save Ryan, Trump and a horde of ideologues) would suggest that those who are healthy today should be without health insurance, because today's health is no guarantee of tomorrow's health.
These are indeed desperate times for the failing Speaker, Paul Ryan.
Even though those without health care in his district (Oh-4) have fallen from 40% to 15% and the Trumpcare bill is still not finalized, Jim Jordan caved in to Trump's threats to label the Freedom Caucus a fifth column within the Republican Party and to campaign against him in his own district in 2018.