The GOP Had Six Years to Come up With a Replacement
And they came up with an awful bill. Those aren’t actually my words-though I agree with them. Would you believe they’re the words of Eric Bolling?
GOP's had 6 years to develop Obamacare replacement. Elected officials have run on that as well. Now they show up with an awful replacement.
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) March 7, 2017
Think of it this way. Sure you’re going to have less coverage and an increased deficit.
Tom Price refused to even discuss the drop in coverage in this plan:
Watch—Tom Price *dodges* question on whether GOP health plan will result in millions losing insurance. pic.twitter.com/ntLQqhVf6T
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 7, 2017
But even if millions will lose their insurance many will gain access. Oh, they won’t be able to afford insurance. But if they win the lottery they will.
Remember when the GOP was outraged over ‘ram through?’ Ezra Klein:
“Little in politics shocks me. The process House Republicans want to use for their health care bill does. After literally years of complaining Obamacare was jammed down the American people’s throats with insufficient information or consideration, the GOP intends to hold committee votes on their bill two days after releasing it, and without a Congressional Budget Office report estimating either coverage or fiscal effects. It’s breathtaking.”
That’s obviously because it’s such a great bill.
“If Republicans believed the American people — or even their own legislators — would like the results of a thorough estimate of their proposal’s effects, they would have waited for one. We’ll get a CBO report anyway, of course. My guess is it will say this: The GOP plan will lead to significant declines in coverage (Loren Adler estimates an eye-popping 15 to 20 million people will lose insurance) as well as accelerating the exhaustion of the Medicare trust fund due to the tax cuts. After years of Republicans complaining that co-pays and deductibles were too high in Obamacare, co-pays and deductibles will be significantly higher under their replacement. The plan will significantly reduce taxes on the rich.”
The beauty of it is the conservatives don’t want it to increase the deficit. They’re already mobilizing against it.
“Powerful conservative groups line up against House GOP health plan.”
“Heritage calls it ‘bad policy.’ FreedomWorks pans it as ‘Obamacare-lite.’ And the Club for Growth called it a ‘warmed-over substitute for government-run health care.’
“As the conservative backlash piled up, little help emerged from the White House, beyond a flurry of tweets from President Donald Trump and a letter from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price blessing the bill.”
“During the afternoon, however, Price offered less than a full-throated endorsement, calling the bill a “work in progress.”
“With both the 2010 Affordable Care Act legislation and the much-thinner House GOP bill on a table beside him during a briefing with reporters at the White House, Price was asked whether the Trump administration supported the new healthcare proposal as rolled out on Monday. Price declined to offer the White House’s full support, telling reporters that “This is a work in progress and we’ll work with the house and the senate. It’s a legislative process that occurs.”
A process that occurs. Clearly the WH is bullish on the plan. The beauty of it though is that the GOP moderates won’t accept a plan that reduces coverage.
So how does the GOP get a bill that passes? Like John Boehner puts it: ‘Republicans never agree on healthcare.’
Meanwhile. the GOP Freedom Caucus is out there on cable news right now panning the plan as Obama Lite.
Rand Paul just introduced his replacement plan. Again, Boehner said it.
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