Ryan's tie is safe. The Republican House is headed for a successful vote to repeal Obamacare. And even if Democrats block repeal in the Senate or if President Obama vetoes it, no program this unpopular figures to last long.
Even if Obamacare somehow survived, all the costs “hidden” by Democrats to gain a favorable analysis from CBO eventually will surface. They simply must.
Medicare providers will have to be fairly paid or they'll abandon those patients. Benefits under long-term care insurance will be claimed. Projected revenues from a tax on high-end health care, the kind some unions offer their members, are unlikely to be realized because the unions won't stand for it.
Democrats' attempts to tar Republicans as budget busters for trying to repeal this behemoth are silly, disingenuous. But then, Obamacare rumbled through Congress, over bipartisan opposition, with considerable help from sleight-of-hand.
If taxpayers get the feeling they have to parse every word that comes from Obamacare's defenders, they're right.