22 June 2017

Yeah, It's a Sh%$ Show. Anyone Surprised?

After developing the bill in secret, Senate Republicans has revealed their proposal for Trump Care, and it ain't pretty:
The health-care proposal unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday came under immediate attack from conservative and centrist Republican senators as well as industry officials, casting the bill’s viability into doubt even as GOP leaders plan to bring it to a final vote next week.

The 142-page bill, which McConnell (R-Ky.) released after weeks of drafting it in secrecy, drew swift criticism from hard-right senators who argued it does not go far enough in undoing Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, the Affordable Care Act. It also prompted an outcry from centrist senators and medical organizations worried that it takes on the law, known as Obamacare, too aggressively and would lead to millions losing their health care or receiving fewer benefits.

These critics effectively delivered their opening bids in what is expected to be a contentious week of negotiations. McConnell is trying to pass the bill before the July 4 recess, with Republican leaders seeking to quickly learn whether they will be able to fulfill years of promises to roll back the law or whether it’s time to turn to other items on their legislative agenda, such as overhauling the tax code.
The plan here is to get a vote on the bill before anyone has a chance to read it.

The reports that I have read is that the McConnell's version is worse than the house version, (it basically destroys Medicaid, for example) but a bit more back loaded, so as to push the outrage past the next election.

This isn't surprising:  The political calculus here makes it essential to repeal Obamacare and cut taxes for the rich, but actually keeping people from dying is irrelevant.


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