Like his predecessor before him, Paul Ryan promised a new tone in Washington when he took over the gavel from then Speaker John Boehner. And one of the places Republicans promised to be different was on Obamacare, promising to have an alternative plan available for the millions of Americans benefiting from Obamacare, before trying to repeal their healthcare.
Well, if you missed it, Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare again, and again, there was no plan in the unlikely event their repeal efforts were to succeed. Obviously, their repeal effort didn’t succeed, as President Obama vetoed the measure. But House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about the plan on Sunday’s Face The Nation, and was forced to admit that there is no plan for healthcare if Obamacare is repealed.
“You said that you wanted the Republicans to offer an alternative to the president,” CBS host John Dickerson reminded Ryan in an interview that aired on Sunday. “One of the first things you did this year, though, was offer that [Obamacare] repeal.”
“How is than an alternative?” Dickerson wondered.
“It’s not,” Ryan replied, laughing. “It’s why we have to come up with an alternative. So, you’re right about that one.”
“Will you?” Dickerson pressed.
“Absolutely,” Ryan insisted. “My goal — I don’t know how far it will go given we have a filibuster and a guy named Obama who’s not going to replace Obamacare — but my goal is that, we as Republicans, if we don’t like these laws, don’t like the direction the country is going, I think we have to be more than just an opposition party.”