After countless attempts to repeal all — or parts of — Obamacare while Barack Obama was in office, Paul Ryan had nothing to offer except “Obamacare Lite” when it came to his “repeal and replace” plan. The Onion joked that Republicans finally came through on their 2009 promise to block the President’s healthcare bill — and thank God they did.
As Nancy Pelosi (literally) jumped for joy after the American Healthcare Act failed, she apparently didn’t realize the irony in celebrating the continued existence of a healthcare law whose unpopularity allowed Republicans to dominate the House and Senate. You should’ve jumped for joy, too — because Republicans don’t have to own Obamacare 2 now either.
We’ll now likely see tax reform come before healthcare reform, but in the meantime, Ryan ‘s reputation is in tatters.
According to Red Alert Politics:
Public Policy Polling (PPP) released a report on Thursday showing that Americans of all ages said that Ryan was more responsible for the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) than Trump. 42 percent blamed the Speaker, while 33 percent blamed Trump. As a result, the President was spared from his poll numbers falling too far.
Speaker Ryan, on the other hand, saw his numbers plummet. Among all Americans, Ryan’s approval rating fell from 34 percent to 21 percent in just two weeks. During the same time, his disapproval grew from 48 percent to 61 percent.Among millennials, Ryan’s approval hit one of the lowest numbers among any elected official in history. Just 5 percent of young voters approved of the job the Speaker was doing, 68 percent disapproved.
The margin of error in the poll was 3.8 percent, meaning Ryan’s millennial support could be as low at 1.2 percent — or basically nonexistent.Congressional Republicans took down Ryan’s healthcare plan — and his reputation along with it.
Time for a new speaker? With someone as unpopular as Ryan a figurehead in the Republican Party, he risks damaging the rest of the Party.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]