Wednesday, May 03, 2017

GOP Healthcare holdouts bought off

In a desperate effort to gain enough GOP support to pass Trumpcare 2.0, the evil twin of Trumpcare 1.0, the Spearker of the House Lyin' Paul Ryan has cooked up a promise of $8 Billion to help out people with pre-existing conditions for 5 years. I guess after 5 years the GOP bastards expect those conditions to go away.
Two Republican lawmakers who had come out against the House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this week reversed course on Wednesday and threw their support behind the plan after securing more money to help people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan, an influential voice in Republican health policy, and Billy Long of Missouri, a close ally of President Trump’s, told reporters after a meeting with Mr. Trump on Wednesday that the latest revisions had won them over. Those included $8 billion in additional funds over five years to supplement the insurance of people with pre-existing health problems.

Mr. Upton predicted the bill was “likely” to pass the House, a tremendous reversal of momentum for a measure that has twice been pulled back from a vote for lack of support.

Democrats, once confident of another collapse, tried to slow that momentum. The liberal health advocacy group Families USA said another $8 billion would do little to improve so-called high risk pools that would be set up by state governments to help insure people unable to afford insurance on the open market.

Last-minute spending increases and special provisions in 2010 to win over Senate Democrats to the Affordable Care Act had outraged some conservatives who fumed at “the Cornhusker kickback” and the “Louisiana Purchase.” But so far, the Upton amendment has prompted no such anger on the Republican side.
No anger on the Republican side because they know that if it passes both houses, there is no way that they would ever fund the so-called Upton Amendment. It is the usual cover that no one will remember in a few years.


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