Long before anyone purchased a plan on Healthcare. Rather than overhaul the entire health finance system, the law would leave the vast majority of existing arrangements undisturbed, while fixing the dysfunctional individual market for everyone else.
But i t is remarkable, thinking back on it, just how damaging that talking point turned out to be. Obamacare creates far more winners than losers; the universe of people whose individual market plans were canceled three years ago is much smaller than the number of people who became newly insured thanks to the law. But where Obama could at least point to the above graph as evidence of his benign intent, Republicans will have nothing—no stakeholder support, no major new pool of beneficiaries—to point to as evidence that some larger good compelled them.
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Carnage - Absolute Carnage filled out a nearly empty individual market, whereas Trumpcare will upend the much more populated individual market he inherited from Obamacare. But Republicans have compounded this error by making more specific promises to vulnerable subsets of ACA beneficiaries who will be hardest hit, should the American Health Care Act become law.
Trump LIES! - Health Care - LIES! B/W u 2 Me House Speaker Paul Ryan have both said the bill will protect people with pre-existing conditions as well as or better than Obamacare does. Republicans are being, if anything, less honest with the very poor than the very sick.
The basic trade-off at the heart of AHCA is hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts for hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy; the Congressional Budget Office says this tradeoff will cause millions of people to be kicked off the Medicaid LIES! - Health Care - LIES!
B/W u 2 Me. And yet, the number-two House Republican says …. Nobody on Medicaid is going to be taken away. In the near term, the AHCA has a deeply uncertain future. Due to procedural difficulties and substantive objections, Senate Republicans are reportedly planning to write their own health care bill rather than modify the House plan.
It is in many ways easier to imagine them getting nowhere, or passing far more modest legislation with Democratic support, than building on or mimicking the twisted architecture of the AHCA. But the magnitude of the lies that House Republicans had to tell to pass the AHCA is a direct outgrowth of the perversity of the plan, and the deception will become abundantly clear if Republicans ever find themselves in the unenviable position of implementing it.