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From Charles P. Pierce at Esquire:

Paul Ryan Doesn’t Know How Insurance Works
But he’s got his sleeves rolled up, so watch out.
I had thought that the burlesque comic opera The Agony of Paul Ryan, Genius had closed on the night in 2012 when Joe Biden laughed the zombie-eyed granny starver off the stage during their debate. (That was the night that Ryan demonstrated that he knew it snowed in Afghanistan in the winter.) But I had not reckoned with his many fanboys among the kept political press. He ascended to become Speaker of the House, largely because nobody else wanted the job after John Boehner got kicked to the curb by the crazy people.

Now he is out there pimping the dungheap that is the new healthcare reform bill as though Mitch and Murray from downtown were lighting his pants on fire. He even lost the suit coat and broke out the PowerPoint on Thursday. It was like watching something on cable access late at night, or a flop-sweaty rookie substitute teacher, and it was hilarious—except for the parts where people will lose their health insurance and die, of course. And this is what he said and, peace be unto Dave Barry, I am not making it up, either:

Paul Ryan said that insurance cannot work if healthy people have to pay more to subsidize the sick.

This is literally how all insurance works. If someone’s house burns down, some of your fire insurance money goes to help that person rebuild. If someone gets sick, some of your premium, healthy person, goes toward that person’s coverage. Increasingly, I have come to believe that Paul Ryan is a not particularly bright creature from another world…

Paul Ryan doesn’t actually believe that. He believes that his party’s right wingnut base doesn’t know any better. And probably a number of members of his caucus.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2015 file photo].

You Tweet it like this, you own it:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler‏ @RepHartzler
#Obamacare has failed. I’m looking forward to repealing & replacing w/ a patient-centered solution.
2:08 PM – 9 Mar 2017

Some of the responses:

@RepHartzler #fakenews, you’re looking forward to Paul Ryan’s #Wealthcare that’s just a tax cut for the wealthy.

@RepHartzler You have failed. You have failed to listen to your voters. #wewillremember #doyourjob #trumpcare #crookedVicky #neverTrump

@RepHartzler prove that your solutions would provide more coverage at better rates than existing plan.

Maybe it’ll eventually trickle down.

@RepHartzler Kicking people off healthcare makes you happy?

[….] @RepHartzler Yeah Vick, kicking ppl off of healthcare makes you happy??


@RepHartzler I’ll be glad when we can vote you out in 2018.

There aren’t going to be any open public town halls in the 4th Congressional District with the current representative anytime soon. Like probably never again.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): just checking (February 20, 2017)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Well, you asked. (February 21, 2017)

You think Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has been smiling a lot this week? (February 23, 2017)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): just a slight indication of what an open public town hall in the district would be like (February 26, 2017)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): before that Russian thing happened today (March 2, 2017)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): get used to it (March 8, 2017)