On Sunday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) stopped by Fox News Sunday to preview his new budget, which will be released in full on Tuesday. As it had the past two years, this year’s version will call for massive cuts to social service programs, including food stamps, job training, Medicaid, and Medicare. Host Chris Wallace challenged Ryan on the viability of his plan, pointing out that he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, and, “that’s not going to happen.”
Still, Ryan insisted that he and then-running mate Mitt Romney won the election on this issue because they “won the senior vote”:
WALLACE: Are you saying that as part of your budget you would repeal — you assume the repeal of Obamacare?
WALLACE: Well that’s not going to happen.
RYAN: Well, we believe it should. [...]
WALLACE: This was a big issue in the campaign between Romney-Ryan vs. Obama-Biden. They think they won and they think that’s one of the reasons they won, and there are, Congressman, a lot of independent studies that say if you put this into effect, the net effect will be that seniors will end up having to pay more of the share of their healthcare cost. [...]
RYAN: I would argue against your premise that we lost this issue in the campaign. We won the senior vote.
Ryan’s plan would repeal Obamacare, but maintain the law’s $716 billion in savings from Medicare.
Republicans have attempted to repeal or defund Obamacare over 30 times since its original passage. But none of the efforts have been successful, because the public supports the provisions in Obamacare, and opposes Republican efforts to repeal the bill. In a clear sign of impossibility of repeal, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) latest effort failed to garner any co-sponsors.