This week, Paul Ryan and the Republican House of Representatives unveiled their new health plan. I’m not going to get into the details of it again, but it’s sufficient to say that it’s much shorter than the ACA, it f*cks over poor people, and both moderate Republicans and hardline Republicans hate it.
POOR PEOPLE: we would like healthcare too— mustard (@nice_mustard) March 7, 2017
GOP: well well well, look who could afford to go to applebee's last april! nice try, moneybags
But Donald Trump has decided that this is his bill. He’s decided to use the bully pulpit to back it. Trump has decided to make this bill a signature one for his White House. He’s all in, folks. In fact, he’s warned Republicans that if they don’t pass the bill, there will be an “electoral bloodbath” in the midterms.
There’s just one thing: He doesn’t appear to know what’s in the bill. From the NYTimes:
“We’re going to do something that’s great, and I am proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives,” Mr. Trump said. “This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor, and this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. And you know what the plan is. This is the plan. It’s a complicated process, but actually it’s very simple, it’s called good health care.”
Has Donald Trump read the bill? Because this is not what he promised last month:
“We’re going to take care of them. We’re going to take care of them. We have to take care of them. Now, that’s not single payer. That’s not anything. That’s just human decency … You will end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that will take place immediately after we go in. Immediately! Fast! Quick!”
This is not that. Under this bill, it will reduce overall coverage, deductibles will increase, and Medicaid expansion will be phased out. Millions will lose health insurance and the private insurance market may go under. But Paul Ryan ain’t care!
Paul Ryan is asked if it matters that 10 million people could lose their health insurance. "What matters is we're lowering the costs."— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) March 7, 2017
You know who else doesn’t like it? Old people, who vote Republican at much larger rates:
If GOP plan is enacted, a 64-year-old who earns $20K a year would have to pay, literally, almost 50% of his income for insurance.— James Surowiecki (@JamesSurowiecki) March 8, 2017
AARP estimates eyepopping ***$8400 hike in Premiums*** for a 64-year-old making *$15,000* a year under Ryancare, plus copays.— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) March 8, 2017
AARP, in fact, has come out against it hard.
“Medicaid cuts could impact people of all ages and put at risk the health and safety of 17.4 million children and adults with disabilities and seniors by eliminating much needed services that allow individuals to live independently in their homes and communities. This harmful legislation would make health care less secure and less affordable.”
The S&P says that around 10 million people will lose coverage, although it will boost profits in the insurance industry, and that’s apparently what Paul Ryan cares about the most.
So, basically, the bill mostly affects old, poor people, otherwise known as “a disproportionate number of Trump voters.” So, about the bloodbath in the midterms?
Hell, even Ann Coulter is like, “Fuck this!”
Also, I would like every person involved in the writing of this Obamacare replacement POS to take a ten-minute IQ test. Transparency!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 7, 2017
Who wrote this piece of crap Obamacare replacement bill? Please be specific.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 7, 2017
I have to give full identifying info as each health ins co goes bankrupt. What are names of the brain trust that wrote this piece of crap?— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 7, 2017
Apparently, Paul Ryan thought he could get it through with a provision that literally cuts taxes for companies paying CEOs more than $500,000 a year, which is insane (Trump and his Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, are feigning ignorance of that provision, and it’s odd that they haven’t seen it since the bill is only 60 pages long).
You know who else doesn’t support it? Breitbart and Drudge, although they’re casting blame on Paul Ryan instead of their man, Donald Trump.
According to the New Yorker, the only way this thing gets through is if Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell speed it through before growing criticism kills it.
If Ryan can rush and muscle it through the House and Mitch McConnell can do the same in the Senate, it might end up on Trump’s desk. But the more scrutiny this House bill is subjected to, the more likely it is to share the fate of most efforts at health-care reform and die somewhere on its journey to the Senate, and perhaps long before then.
With a growing number of Republicans coming out against it, however, that’s not likely to happen. In fact, Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas is already trying to put the brakes on: “I think we’re moving a little bit too quickly on health care reform. This is a big issue,” he told MSNBC this morning.
The bill is two days old, and it’s already falling apart and along with it, Trump’s hope for a signature deal. In fact, there is some suggestion that Trump may be starting to distance himself from it slightly: Kellyanne Conway was making the rounds this morning insisting that the bill not be called Trumpcare.
Conway pushes back on 'TrumpCare' label: "I didn’t hear President Trump say to any of us hey I want my name on that" @FoxNews— Chris Snyder (@ChrisSnyderFox) March 8, 2017
Make him own it, right along with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.