Posted: 03/13/17 22:38
by Dave Mindeman
We are starting to get a picture of how Jason Lewis thinks. And it is not something you will want to hang on the wall.
Lewis won't meet with his constituents, but he is more than willing to call into radio shows with echo chamber qualities. And it is worth pointing out that Jason Lewis loves this health care bill. He says it isn't perfect (maybe it doesn't kick off enough poor people), but it does a lot of GOOD things.
Lewis will be overjoyed to see the individual mandate gone. It's not good for freedom you know. But what he also seems to be endorsing is bottom feeding health care to get healthier people into the pool.
What do I mean by bottom feeding health care? Well, Lewis wants to see plans develop that everybody can afford. But to him, that means whacking off most of the coverages that would be basic to serious health care.
To Lewis, affordable means skeleton policies. Catastrophic coverage policies. Policies in name only. Lewis wants you to be able to get that cheap coverage that gives you a card that you can take to your doctor's office that pretends you are insured. When the reality is that your coverage is not even worth the card board your card is printed on.
Sure, you can make coverage cheap. You can make it down right bargain basement. But you can't call it health care. And you certainly can't assume you are protected from bankruptcy, coverage denial, and payments abruptly halting when you hit a cap.
That's what Jason Lewis sees in your future. He sees this bill getting passed under the reconciliation process (if, as he says, some Republican Senators don't "betray us", and then go after the rest of the bill's expensive benefits.
Jason Lewis isn't talking about health care here. He is talking about government reduction. It was never about health care and there in lies the problem. If you dismiss 24 million Americans losing their health care as a necessary means to health care reform, then you are talking past the needs of your constituents.
Which, by the way, they would like to talk to you about.