Will Trumpcare Ever Become Law in its Current Form?
I’ll have what Paul Ryan’s having. He claims to be pleasantly surprised by these results. Really? He thought more than 24 million would lose their care?
“Paul Ryan seems to have read a more optimistic CBO report than the rest of us.”
“This report confirms that the American Health Care Act will lower premiums and improve access to quality, affordable care,” Ryan said in a statement. “CBO also finds that this legislation will provide massive tax relief, dramatically reduce the deficit, and make the most fundamental entitlement reform in more than a generation.”
“Ryan’s statement is only accurate if supplemented by two important stipulations: According to the CBO analysis, premiums would continue to go up for the next four years, and would only “go down” in comparison to the current law after 2020. And by 2026, premiums are estimated to be 10 percent lower than they currently are under Obamacare, a far cry from the benchmark that critics of the bill are using.”
I’m glad in his mind 24 million people losing their health insurance fits his definition of surprising to the upside. I guess that’s the price of freedom in his mind and he’s willing to pay it-and why not; he’s not losing his healthcare.
Not many share his joy. Breitbart leaked video of when Ryan separated from Trump in October, 2016. A clear bid to destroy Trump-Ryancare.
And Trump-Ryan can’t lose more than two GOP Senators and right now there are 12 GOP Senators critical of Trumpcare-with four definite nos.
“Speaker Paul Ryan may be celebrating the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of his American Health Care Act, but reactions from Republicans in the Senate suggest that the bill is unlikely to ever become law — at least in its current form.”
“Within hours of the CBO score’s release, multiple Republican senators acknowledged its damning implications for Ryan’s bill. And this wasn’t just Republicans from swing states: Reasonably party-line voters Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) all joined the pile-on. (The CBO is the nonpartisan scoring agency that crunches the numbers on how much proposed congressional legislation would cost.)”
“Republicans control 52 seats in the Senate, so they can afford just three defections and still pass the bill through the budget reconciliation process, assuming all Democrats oppose it. But at least 12 Republican senators have already objected to portions of the bill or called on the House to revise it.”
“If they’re losing someone like David Perdue, that really suggests the bill is in a lot of trouble,” says Geoffrey Skelley, a congressional analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.
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UPDATE: I just got the poll results and they’re very interesting. I will wait to publish them tomorrow but what I can say for now is that when you compare how I do against King before respondents are familiar with my position and after and my numbers improved markedly when they found out my positions relative to King’s.
Exciting stuff. I will blog about it tomorrow morning.