How Bad is TrumpCare? It Even Cuts Insurance for Those Who Get it From Their Employer
How bad is TrumpCare? It sounds like the windup to a joke-and TrumpCare qualifies for that though the joke is on this country if all those who voted for this monstrosity-including my NY 2 opponent, Peter King-must pay a steep price.
Republicans must disabuse themselves of the idea that they can ever get away with this; ie, there must be consequences. Paul Waldman makes that case well:
“Every Republican who voted for this abomination must be held accountable.”
“I won’t mince words. The health-care bill that the House of Representatives passed this afternoon, in an incredibly narrow 217-to-213 vote, is not just wrong, or misguided, or problematic or foolish. It is an abomination. If there has been a piece of legislation in our lifetimes that boiled over with as much malice and indifference to human suffering, I can’t recall what it might have been. And every member of the House who voted for it must be held accountable.”
“It is no exaggeration to say that if it were to become law, this bill would kill significant numbers of Americans. People who lose their Medicaid, don’t go to the doctor, and wind up finding out too late that they’re sick. People whose serious conditions put them up against lifetime limits or render them unable to afford what’s on offer in the high-risk pools, and are suddenly unable to get treatment.”
“Those deaths are not abstractions, and those who vote to bring them about must be held to account. This can and should be a career-defining vote for every member of the House. No one who votes for something this vicious should be allowed to forget it — ever. They should be challenged about it at every town hall meeting, at every campaign debate, in every election and every day as the letters and phone calls from angry and betrayed constituents make clear the intensity of their revulsion at what their representatives have done.”
There is a plan building already for just that:
TrumpCare absolutely will kill Americans who lose their insurance. It will cut the insurance of 24 million Americans-including 14 million on Medicaid and give the $880 billion from Medicaid to cut the taxes of the wealthy.
We know all that which in no way mitigates the carnage. Trump talked about ‘American carnage’ but he was talking about his own healthcare bill.
But what’s astonishing is they even pick on employer healthcare plans.
“Policy debates about Obamacare typically focus on the individual market, or people who purchase health coverage from insurers instead of getting covered through work or a government program. But when you add the employer market into the mix, then you’re talking about a huge number of Americans. More than 100 million people get insurance through their employer.”
“As the Wall Street Journal reports, some policy experts are concerned that the House Republican bill would allow large employers to offer benefits in line with the requirements in any state — including states that choose to make their benefit standards skimpier under Trumpcare.”
“Under a last-minute amendment added to the bill, states would be allowed to opt out of the regulations that the Affordable Care Act currently imposes on insurance plans. For example, states could obtain a waiver to opt out of Obamacare’s regulations requiring coverage for “essential health benefits,” a set of benefits standardized under the existing health law that includes services like maternity care and mental health treatment. States could also bypass Obamacare’s limits on out-of-pocket expenses for costly illnesses.”
“So big employers — which are typically always looking to lower the cost of providing health care — could choose the most lenient state-level standards to make their overhead costs cheaper.”
To actually target people’s insurance they get through their employer is stunning as it’s such bad politics. I’ve talked about previously the way in which people miss that Hilary brought experience into the fight over healthcare. She was right to say not to single payer as implementing that would be too disruptive.
What Dems should push for is the public option. What Hillary learned from the loss of HillaryCare back in 1994 is when you reform healthcare you don’t want to mess with what people already have. Her plan then would have changed how everyone gets their healthcare.
That’s the same trouble with single payer-even more so in fact. The public option, on the other hand, would just be an add on-one more government payer among other payers in the insurance market.
But the GOP are messing with what people have in spades. This is a case where terrible policy is also terrible politics. That this is terrible politics for them must be impressed on them very strongly in 2018.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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