House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, following a meeting with President Donald Trump inside. () (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Twitter has other plans for Paul Ryan's AHCA Powerpoint

Ryan decided to rollout the visuals during his weekly press conference -- so did the internet


Rachel Leah
March 10, 2017 3:30AM (UTC)

Speaker Paul Ryan tried to take us to school Thursday morning. After intense backlash from politicians following the American Health Care Act, the GOP bill to repeal Obamacare, Ryan rolled up his sleeves and a TV monitor to give a powerpoint presentation on the deficiencies of the Affordable Care Act.

The criticism towards the new healthcare bill has come from both ends of the political spectrum — Democrats are worried millions will lose health insurance, while conservative Republicans fear it's still too similar to Obamacare; medical professionals have also voiced serious objections; the biggest denouncement came from the American Medical Association in a letter to Congress. It said:

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While we agree that there are problems with the ACA that must be addressed, we cannot support the AHCA as drafted because of the expected decline in health insurance coverage and the potential harm it would cause to vulnerable patient populations.

Since the bill's rollout, Ryan, President Donald Trump and Press Secretary Sean Spicer have been working overtime to counteract all the negative feedback. Ryan's addition of a visual aid during his weekly press conference Thursday came after an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, who said the American Health Care Act "looked like chaos."

Unfortunately, Ryan's choice to have his presentation in front of a TV screen meant Twitter users and anyone with photo manipulation software went in. Here are the memes:


Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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