Paul Ryan Gets BRUTAL Wake Up Call From Cancer Survivor Under Obamacare
Jeff Jeans, who survived cancer despite a grim diagnosis challenged House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on his efforts to repeal Obamacare, and his powerful remarks have taken the internet by storm.
Appearing at a CNN town hall event on Thursday, Jeans told Ryan: “Because of the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today.”
Jeans, who identified himself as a longtime Republican who had worked on campaigns for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, used to oppose the law. But then, he said, that changed when he was given six weeks to live and needed health insurance to get treatment.
As a small business owner, Jeans explained, he doesn’t get health insurance through work like many people do.
“I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance,” he said. And with a pre-existing condition, it’s unlikely he would have been able to buy coverage in the pre-Obamacare U.S.
“I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I’d be dead if it weren’t for him,” he said.
Ryan responded by saying that Republicans intend to replace President Barack Obama’s signature health law― which he referred to as being in a “death spiral”― “with something better.” Their plans, however, largely remain a mystery.
The Senate on Wednesday night took a major step towards repealing Obamacare, passing a budget resolution that made way for Congress to strip funding for the law. With this step alone, cancer patients like Jeff Jeans are automatically denied the service they need to survive. The House will take up the resolution on Friday.
Watch the exchange below: