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Monday, March 13, 2017

WATCH: Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego Blasts Speaker Paul Ryan As "One Of the Best Liars...In the World"

Hours before House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) reacted to the new CBO scoring of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-CD7) took to a national stage (at SXSW) to call Ryan "one of the best liars I have ever seen in the world."

Gallego was a featured speaker at Politico's Playbook Exchange, and he did not hold back. When one of the moderators interrupted to say it was being taped, Gallego replied that he was "being tame" and that "he clearly will go on TV and say, like, well, no one's going to lose coverage, and all these kinds of things that are just clear lies, and for me it is extremely personal."
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Later in the day, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate, estimating that while the repeal and replace measure would further reduce budget deficits by a total of $337B over the next 10 years, it would also increase the number of Americans without any health insurance by 24M over the same time period.

Ryan praised the CBO's report:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">CBO report confirms it → American Health Care Act will lower premiums &amp; improve access to quality, affordable care. <a href="https://t.co/jNzmYFPe9H">https://t.co/jNzmYFPe9H</a> <a href="https://t.co/f0NGuLiztl">pic.twitter.com/f0NGuLiztl</a></p>&mdash; Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpeakerRyan/status/841388103529058304">March 13, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Gallego released a statement calling the CBO's estimate "an embarrassment to Paul Ryan, the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

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2 comments:

Barbara said...

I agree Ryan's promotion of Ryan Care proves it.

Mitch M. said...

Thanks, Barbara. So, why call it "RyanCare" instead of "TrumpCare" or "TrumpRyanCare", etc?