24 Million Losing Their Healthcare? That’s the Price of Freedom
What would you rather do? Have health insurance or be free?
President Donald Trump’s administration “strenuously” disagrees with the Congressional Budget Office’s score of House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Monday.
The nonpartisan CBO projected that the GOP replacement plan, the American Health Care Act, would insure 24 million fewer Americans than Obamacare by 2026 but reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion in the same span.
“We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out,” Price told reporters after leaving a Cabinet meeting with Trump. “We believe that our plan will cover more individuals at a lower cost and give them the choices that they want for the coverage that they want for themselves and for their families, not that the government forces them to buy.”
The GOP’s opposition to ‘government run insurance’ is totally ideological, based on how the world should work in a world where the government can’t do anything right and the markets are always superior. Rather than the world we live in where even a free market economist like Kenneth Arrow acknowledged that there are certain things that the government has a role in-public goods like education and healthcare.
What seems to offend them-‘forced to buy’-is the idea that younger, healthier, wealthier people should have to pay for older, sicker, less wealthy people. But that’s how insurance works. An insurance plan can’t work with only sick people in it.
“It’s about the coverage — the health coverage — that they have but the health care that they receive,” Price said. “And the fact of the matter is that right now, current law, we’ve got individuals who have health coverage but no health care. And it’s incredibly important to appreciate that. In fact, the care — the coverage numbers are, in fact, going down. If Obamacare — if the ACA went away, the fact of the matter is that there would be 20 million who would not have coverage.”
Honestly-what? If Obamacare went away there’d be 20 million without coverage. Exactly. That in most people’s mind is not a selling point.
As usual the GOP is mad at CBO for not also scoring alleged ‘other parts’ of their plan that will supposedly be coming later.
“Price also faulted the CBO for reviewing only part of the replacement plan — Republicans have painted their health care overhaul as a three-part plan that begins with the bill currently advancing through the House. The CBO’s job, however, is to analyze the legislation that was introduced, not including rhetoric from the White House and GOP leaders about additional phases that may or may not happen.”
“The entire plan includes the regulatory apparatus that we’ve got the ability to use at Health and Human Services that the previous administration used significantly. But we want to use it to make certain that patients are helped and that costs are decreased,” Price said. “They also ignored completely the other legislative activities that we’ll be putting into place that will make certain that we have an insurance market that actually works.”
Sure our current plan takes away the insurance for 24 million people but in some other plans we’ll get to later we’ll give it back.
It seems to me the GOP has put itself between a rock and a hard place. The only thing worse than them failing to pass Obamacare repeal is succeeding.
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