Paul Ryan may have made a mistake by agreeing to a town hall forum hosted by CNN Thursday night. After it was revealed that Senate Republicans began the process of repealing Obamacare Wednesday night, Ryan appeared on CNN to take questions from the people who are supposed to matter most, American citizens.
With Obamacare on everyone’s mind (for good or bad), Jake Tapper introduced a FORMER lifelong Republican. Jeff Jeans explained to Ryan that he worked at one time for the Reagan and Bush campaigns. He admitted that he was originally against the ACA and even told his wife he would close their business before he would comply with the law.
However, the 49 year old was later diagnosed with cancer. Despite it being “very curable,” he was given only six weeks to live if he received no treatment. He described how he was unable to receive that treatment.
‘We offered three times the cost of my treatments which was rejected. They required an insurance card. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today alive.’
There’s something important to keep in mind, however. According to BR it’s extraordinary that Jeans is a cancer survivor, being a survivor will work against him if Republicans gut the ACA and do away with coverage for people with preexisting conditions. He said:
‘Being both a small business person and someone with preexisting conditions, I rely on the Affordable Care Act to purchase my own insurance.’
He asked Ryan why Republicans would repeal ACA without a replacement.
As Ryan was about to give his answer, Jeans interrupted him with an exclamation he had to make.
‘I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I would be dead if it weren’t for him.’
Ryan went on to answer Jeans saying, “We wouldn’t do that. We want to replace it with something better.” Ryan went on to try convince the audience and viewers nationwide there would be a replacement for Obamacare when they repealed it. He also gave a vague timeline saying they were moving quickly and hoped to have it done within the first 100 days.
He also talked about preexisting conditions and said he does support elements such as coverage for pre-existing conditions. However, he claimed, “The law is collapsing, and so we’ve got to rescue people.”
Only problem is, he’s attempting to tell someone who’s already been saved by the ACA that he needs to be saved FROM it.
You can watch the exchange below.