The latest information from the nonpartisan congressional budget office (CBO) is that the secret Senate Republican plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare will leave 22 million people without health by insurance by 2026. Add that to what we (or our speed readers) already know about both the House and Senate versions: Medicaid will be slashed. That hurts the disabled and seniors. And what do we get for it? A massive tax cut for the very wealthiest and the healthcare industry. It’s among the worst redistribution of wealth and well-being the country has ever seen.
The insurance subsidies cuts will disproportionally affect lower-income and elderly Americans. The scaling back of the Medicaid expansion will leave millions out in the cold in years to come.
Let’s not forget, it was then-candidate Trump who staked out a clear position on Medicaid and Social Security.
I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2015
In another classic “who are you going to believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes” moment, Kellyanne Conway claimed the Republican House and Senate plans don’t cut Medicaid.
The gutting of Medicaid and the 22 million Americans who won’t have health insurance are abhorrent in and of themselves. Using the savings to give an enormous tax break to the wealthiest among us is despicable.
How do we know the Republican plans are nothing less than a massive screw job on the average American? Consider:
• Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had to have this rich-get-richer healthcare bill written in complete secrecy with even some Republicans still not sure what’s in it. But at least McConnell was consistent in his approach.
Remember President Trump spiking the football on the 50-yard line with that Rose Garden when the House passed its version of the “repeal and replace?”
Turns out that’s what Trump said, not what he truly believes. Much to the chagrin of Republican House members who stuck out their necks to support their version of the bill, Trump said it was “mean.”
• A nearly every advocacy group opposes at least the House version.
o The AARP
o American Hospital Association
o Federation of American Hospitals
o America’s Essential Hospitals
o Families USA
o The American Medical Association
o American Nurses Association
o American College of Physicians
o National Nurses United
o National Physicians Alliance
o Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
o American Academy of Pediatrics
o American Bridge
o Center for American Progress
o Our Revolution
And conservative groups:
o Heritage Action
o Cato Institute
o Americans for Prosperity
o Tea Party Patriots
o Club for Growth
• The Senate bill is so inhumane, five Republicans won’t support it as written and others are on the fence. Among them is Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada). He is up for reelection in 2018? Coincidence? I don’t think so.
• Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has said she will be looking closely at the bottom line number of people who will lose insurance in the Senate plan because many of them could be in Maine. The new CBO score could push her toward a “no.”
• Stridently conservative whack-job Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all think the Senate version doesn’t go far enough in whacking vulnerable Americans. Thank goodness for loon bucket Republicans. They may sink this craptastic bill yet.
• Think the implications of repealing rather than repairing Obama care aren’t real?