Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How to stop Trumpcare


Now that the CBO has lowered the score boom on Lyin' Paul Ryan's evilly inadequate healthcare plan, the Democrats still have to stop the usual immoral gang of Republicans from passing everything put in front of them. The reaction of ultra-reactionary Republicans who feel that the proposed plan does not hurt enough people may be the way to go.
Conservative lawmakers in the House and the Senate continued to attack the Republican health-care plan Tuesday after congressional budget analysts found it would dramatically increase the number of uninsured Americans while raising premium costs in the short term.

The reaction from Republican hard-liners to the Congressional Budget Office report cast doubt on the viability of the American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to revise Obamacare, which could receive a House vote within two weeks.

Though the bill is projected to lower the federal budget deficit over the next decade and produce a 10 percent average decrease in premiums after that, skeptics on the right remain unconvinced that it would go far enough in pulling back elements of the Affordable Care Act.

“This bill doesn’t repeal Obamacare,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning.

“This bill doesn’t unite Republicans. This bill doesn’t bring down the cost of premiums. . . . There’s a reason every major conservative organization in the country is opposed to this legislation.”

Meanwhile, the White House pushed back on a Politico report that its internal analysis on the impact of the AHCA showed an even steeper loss of health insurance than was calculated by the CBO.

“This story is totally misleading,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted. “The projection was an estimate of what CBO would conclude. It was not a [White House] analysis.”

The CBO report predicted that 24 million fewer people would have health insurance in a decade under the AHCA compared with the current system. According to Politico, the White House analysis found that 26 million more people would go without coverage under the GOP bill.
Despite Politico's effort to make the plan more palatable to the extremists, there are enough Republicans opposed to it and enough weakness on display in the leadership to form a coalition to stop it.

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