Mitch McConnell Warns Republicans: Failure Means We Have to Work With-Democrats!
Anything but that right? I mean having to actually work with the other party in the Senate-who has 48 seats and actually got millions more votes than GOP Senate candidates-is just a little worse than having to go through the Bubonic Plague again or something.
— POLITICO (@politico) June 27, 2017
This will outrage the bipartisanship fetishists that made a mini-industry out of blasting Ds for allegedly not reaching out to Rs, right? https://t.co/uWaOaC8FXn
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 27, 2017
Despite all McConnell’s tall talk about the allegedly collaborative and deliberative Senate. This was what he had said about the Obamacare process:
“No better example exists of this than the story behind the passage of Obamacare. When Democrats in the Senate couldn’t convince even one Republican that this bill was worth supporting as written, they decided to do it on their own and pass it on a party line vote. And now we’re seeing the result. The chaos this law has visited on our country isn’t just deeply tragic, it was entirely predictable. That will always be the case if you approach legislation without regard for the views of the other side. Without some meaningful buy-in, you guarantee a food fight. You guarantee instability and strife.”
“It may very well have been the case that on Obamacare, the will of the country was not to pass the bill at all. That’s what I would have concluded if Republicans couldn’t get a single Democratic vote for legislation of this magnitude. But Democrats plowed forward anyway. They didn’t want to hear it and the results are clear. It’s a mess.”
Then McConnell would hold peons on how the Democrats were breaking with the deliberative nature of the Senate and the wrongness of one party with a small majority imposing its will.
Like S.E. Hinton would put it That was then and this is now:
“Is what Senate Republicans have done anything at all like what Senate Democrats did to pass the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act? We wish.
“Why? Because a quick look at what happened on the Senate side of the 2009-2010 health reform battle reveals that Senate Democrats didn’t hide their bill in the shadows – and their legislation wasn’t “jammed down people’s throat,” as claimed by Trump spokesman Sean Spicer.”
“Thirty-five weeks of opportunities – hearings, summits, bipartisan roundtables, negotations – allowing Republicans to thoroughly review and offer their proposals and amendments before a Senate vote on Obamacare? That’s hardly ramming.”
McConnell’s thuggish partisanship is so bad you wonder if he even would have passed the bailout if Obama were President. Maybe he would have. He did fight against the fiscal cliff and government shutdown in 2013-though he had boasted of what he got out of debt ceiling chicken in 2011.
But it’s just amazing how hypocritical he is. It’s a real talent:
“The work was approached in a truly bicameral, bipartisan way. In these meetings, there was an overwhelming sense of anger at the forces and decisions that had gotten us here, and a determination that we would do everything to stop it. When there’s a fire threatening to burn your neighbor’s house down, you don’t go and lecture him about the hazards of keeping gas cans in the basement. You help him put the fire out before it destroys his home and then spreads to the next. Everyone understood the stakes, and there was a general agreement that we had to do what needed to be done to save our economy.”
For now things look good:
As of now, the GOP health bill doesn't have enough support to get a vote in the Senate, much less win that vote: https://t.co/zqQRWwDflU
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) June 27, 2017
There are about 35 hard yeses but there are 15 who are iffy.
Regarding the bill itself, there is the phony talking point that Senate Trumpcare lowers average premiums but average in economics is a weasel metric.
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi had a good run down.
1. A 40 year old with roughly average income would save $500 in premiums vs. the Obamacare bronze plan alternative. Ok, it’s something but not all that much. And again, this is just premiums, it leaves out deductibles, co-pays, total out of pocket costs.
2. A 40 year old who was part of the working poor would see their premium go up by $2400 dollars.
3. But that individual in 1 who saw their premiums go down by a scant $500 will see it go up by $9600 dollars relative to Obamacare.
And a real apples to apples comparison shows that premiums go up by 74%.
On an apples to apples comparison of silver plans, the GOP bill would increase premiums by 74%: https://t.co/Q1chM4Qi83
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) June 27, 2017
“Premiums under the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act.”
Uhhh… don’t you men the Senate Much Worse Care Reconciliation Act?
“In 2017, people with incomes between 100 percent and 133 percent of poverty contribute 2.04 percent of income, while people with incomes between 300 percent and 400 percent of poverty contribute 9.69 percent of their income.1 Because premiums vary with age but the share of income people are responsible to pay does not, older people receive larger premium tax credits than younger people with the same income but pay the same amount for the benchmark plan.”
Which is the point-older people have greater need and so get a bigger tax credit. Of course, the Much Worse Care Reconciliation Act reverses that.
“The result is that on average people at younger ages would pay a lower share of their income to purchase a benchmark plan than they today while people at older ages would pay a higher share. Third, the bill reduces the value of the benchmark plans that are used to determine premium tax credits. The result is that a person who used their premium tax credit to purchase a benchmark plan would get a plan that on average would pay 58 percent of expected covered costs (a bronze plan), compared to 70 percent (a silver plan) under current law. A plan paying 58 percent of expected covered costs would have much higher cost sharing (e.g., deductibles) than a plan covering 70 percent of costs. This change is particularly important because the BCRA also would eliminate the cost sharing subsidies available under current law that reduce cost sharing and out-of-pocket limits for marketplace enrollees with incomes at or below 250 of poverty.”
“The bill also authorizes states to change the amount that premiums for adults can vary due to age, from 3:1 under current law to 5:1 (or a different ratio at state discretion). This would lower premiums for younger adults and raise them for older adults in states that made the change.”
“So it takes us in the totally wrong direction. But then we know the stinking GOP thinking behind all this. Paul Ryan was outraged by the idea that healthy, young people be forced to pay for older, sick people. That’s what a wonk he is-he doesn’t even understand that’s the definition of insurance. Those who don’t use it pay for those who do.”
“Overall, marketplace enrollees would pay on average 74 percent more towards the premium for a benchmark silver plan in 2020 under the BCRA than under current law (Table 1). Younger enrollees would see modest increases on average (10 percent for those under age 18; 17 percent for those ages 18 to 34), while average premiums would more than double for enrollees ages 55 to 64.”
So even younger enrollees see a rise on average-even thouse under 18 go up by 10%.
So as you can see there is nothing at all ad hominem in calling it the Much Worse Care Act.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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