Tom Price: Nobody Will be Worse of Financially Under Trumpcare
Anyone who understands economics and social policy realizes this is an impossibility. Every policy has winners and losers. The GOP always makes a big deal of Obama saying ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor’ but what Price says here is even more unrealistic and categorical.
Price on Obamacare replacement: ‘Nobody will be worse off financially’ https://t.co/AbbwTlLMUx the you can keep your doctor moment
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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Sunday that “nobody will be worse off financially” after Republicans in Congress repeal and replace Obamacare.
“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through, understanding that they’ll have choices that they can select the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not [that] the government forces them to buy,” Price told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview that aired Sunday. “So there’s cost that needs to come down, and we believe we’re going to be able to do that through this system. There’s coverage that’s going to go up.”
“Price also dismissed a Brookings Institution estimate that projects the Congressional Budget Office to report that as many as 15 million fewer Americans could be covered under the Republican replacement plan.”
“Well, I’ll tell you that the plan that we’ve laid out here will not leave that number of individuals uncovered,” Price said. “In fact, I believe, again, that we’ll have more individuals covered.”
“The HHS secretary declined to provide a specific measure of success for the AHCA five years down the road but maintained that the GOP’s replacement will be better than Obamacare.”
“Yeah, tough to put numbers on it. But success, it’s important to look at that, and it means more people covered than are covered right now, and at an average cost that is less,” he said. “And I believe we can firmly do that with the plan that we’ve laid out there.”
Sure you can. That’s why you’re so eager to release a CBO scoring to show how the deficit goes down and the rate of the insured goes up. Oh wait.
There’s no doubt that fewer will be insured under Trumpcare. Despite all the breatbeating the GOP does about premiums they will likely go up under Trumpcare.
Again, there are always winners and losers but on Trumpcare there will be much more losers. About 15 million of them for starters. Then there are those who will suffer from rising premiums. One group that stands to gain: all the rich who will see huge tax cuts.
It doubles a CEO pay tax break-so rich CEOs make out well. On the other hand it blocks lottery winners from Medicaid. I thought the GOP was the party who said you don’t punish success-unless it’s Hillary Clinton’s?
It also defunds Planned Parenthood:
Tom Cotton already warned his GOP counterparts in the House to start over and slowdown as the first draft can’t pass the Senate.
He warned them again on George Stephanopoulos this morning:
“The House legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would not only fail in the Senate but could also ruin Republicans’ reelection efforts in 2018, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday.”
“The bill probably can be fixed, but it’s going to take a lot of carpentry on that framework,” Cotton told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “As it’s written today, this bill in the House of Representatives cannot pass the Senate. And I believe it would have adverse consequences for millions of Americans. and it wouldn’t deliver on our promises to reduce the cost of health insurance for Americans.”
“Cotton is among a number of Republicans who have expressed opposition to the House’s plan to replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. House leaders unveiled their plan, the American Health Care Act, last week, and it has already been marked up and advanced through two committees as leaders move to send the legislation to the Senate and President Donald Trump’s desk before a congressional recess in April.”
“Cotton, however, warned fellow Republicans in the House not to acquiesce to a plan they don’t support.”
“I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I serve, ‘Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote,’” he said.
The Arkansas senator advised the House to slow down and resolve issues with regard to Medicaid and the individual insurance markets before the measure reaches the Senate.
“I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year,” he said. “I just do not think that this bill can pass the Senate. And, therefore, I think the House should take a pause and try to get as close as we can to a good result before they send to it the Senate.”
I called my GOP Congressman Peter King’s office for comment. His staff member says King has ‘reservations’ with the bill.
As I’ve revealed recently I am currently in the exploratory phase of running against King in 2018.
What I notice is that while he is not shy about going after Muslims-he supports Trump’s Muslim ban and was talking like Trump before Trump-he’s very cagey in talking about healthcare. But he is on the record for voting to end Obamacare and for Ryan’s Medicare privatization scheme.
A fact I will certainly point out often in any campaign against him.
My poll on King and Trump has been in the field since Tuesday and I will get the results later this week.
If you’d like to contribute to my effort to unseat King and get a Democratic majority so we can really find out what happened with Russia in this election-as well as the Comey letter-please donate. Even $5 bucks helps.
The poll actually asks whether they’d vote for Peter King or ‘Mike Sax’-me! I have to laugh. They wouldn’t know me from the Man in the Moon-yet.
But then we have a bunch of questions that inform the respondents of my positions on the issues vs. Kings.
Ie, I want a real Russia investigation, want Congress to compel the IRS to release Trump’s tax returns, want to investigate ICE in their immigration crackdown, don’t want to repeal Obamacare, but strengthen it, etc.
Then after they’ve been informed, they are again asked if will vote for me or Peter King.