Ex-Trump adviser: Ryan should be replaced if he can't execute on ObamaCare

Ex-Trump adviser: Ryan should be replaced if he can't execute on ObamaCare
© Greg Nash

A former economic advisor to President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE’s campaign says someone else should replace Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) if he can’t get an ObamaCare replacement through Congress.

“Paul Ryan isn’t doing his job,” Betsy McCaughey, a former Republican lieutenant governor of New York, told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview broadcast Sunday on AM 970 in New York.

“If he can’t do his job as Speaker, to hold these Republicans together and get a repeal and replace bill through, somebody else should be Speaker.”

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Republicans began the process of repealing ObamaCare through budget reconciliation last month and are currently working on a plan to replace the law.

McCaughey said “ObamaCare is in a death spiral,” but accused Ryan of wanting "ObamaCare light" and saying he needs to push Trump’s agenda through Congress.

Trump has said he wants a replacement of the legislation to come “very quickly.”

“Ryan has attached things to his version of the replacement bill that are very unpopular,” she said. “He’s got to get on board with Donald Trump, because Donald Trump’s program is popular.”

McCaughey said Ryan has proposed limiting the tax deducibility of coverage people receive on the job, arguing that doing so increases taxes for half the country.

“That’s like stabbing in the back the rust belt union workers who made Donald trump’s amazing victory possible,” she said.