Posted: 03/14/17 16:40
by Dave Mindeman
There is something missing in the explanation of this GOP health care bill. It leaves out one important aspect.
This bill DOES NOT repeal the ACA (Obamacare).
I know the Trumpers won't accept this, but the procedure of reconciliation will not allow a full repeal of the bill without bringing cloture (60 Senate votes) into the equation. The Ryan/Trump/GOP health care bill can only affect the monetary aspects of the ACA and therefore cannot repeal it.
In addition, they had to make sure that the bill did not affect the deficit, because that again would affect the reconciliation process.
So what we get is an ugly bill that is essentially an amendment to the ACA.
It takes away most of the funding mechanisms and in order to not affect the deficit has to take millions of people off of Medicaid.
Hey, Trumpers. Did you vote for that?
So, if they pass this bill (by some miracle) and make it law, we are going to have a monstrous hybrid health care mechanism that will be unworkable and will solve zero problems. It will make everything worse - but hey, the rich get a massive tax break, so it's all good.
Ryan is telling us that this is only phase 1 of the changes and that when we get to phase 2 and 3, we will understand the true benefits.
Except, phase 2 and 3 will need 60 votes in the Senate. Do you really think that the Democrats are going to bail the Republicans out on this? After 6 years of obstruction and attacks on the original bill?
So, let's keep all that in mind as we hear the spin doctors promoting this parasite bill.