The Republicans are in a dilemma. They will cheer wildly if the Supreme Court rules in the next couple weeks that the subsidies for the federal health care exchange is illegal, meaning millions will lose their health insurance, but then they’ll have to figure out how to fix that — if they want to. Paul Ryan told Fox News that they have a plan to fix it, but refused to say what that plan might be.
Appearing with Wallace on Fox News Sunday, the former vice presidential nominee repeatedly refused to explain the details of the mysterious Republican replacement for Obamacare, even after the news host pointed out the the Republicans have had five years since the ACA was signed into law to provide an alternative.
“For all the complaints, we’re five years into Obamacare and Republicans have still not come up with a coherent plan that will ensure that all of those millions of uninsured people will get coverage,” Wallace said, only to have Ryan brush him off, saying the GOP wants to “see the details” of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling before unveiling their plan to the public.
Multiple times Ryan parried Wallace’s questions, saying, “We will have an answer, we will have a solution,” skipping every opportunity to provide even the simplest details of the Republican plan.
I suspect his reticence to explain the plan is a result of the fact that there is no plan. I also suspect that a lot of Republicans are secretly hoping that the Supreme Court upholds those subsidies so the problem of having millions of Americans stripped of their health insurance isn’t dropped in their lap.