In a stunning move, the GOP and point person Speaker of the House Republican Paul Ryan announced they decided that the best replacement for the Affordable Care Act (labeled ‘Obamacare’ by the GOP) is massive tax cuts targeted at those who are most in need: the rich.
Standard & Poors analyzed the GOP plan and found 2 to 4 million people enrolled in Obamacare’s individual marketplaces could lose their coverage with the new American Health Care Act, in addition to 4 to 6 million people currently covered by Medicaid. Yes, the GOP is going after Medicaid as well. It’s right wing Christmas in Washington, and Trump is Santa.
Speaker Ryan spoke about the new healthcare bill, stating that “What matters is that we’re lowering the costs of healthcare and giving people access to affordable healthcare plans.” So, as long as some prices go down, throwing at least ten million people off of their healthcare is perfectly fine, according to Ryan.
Welcome to Trump’s America. Here is your expired aspirin and a used Band-Aid.
The bill does away with the tax on the rich that paid for the Affordable Care Act, while keeping milder versions of the few things the GOP can actually stomach (the things their supporters have been telling them they like), like not barring those with pre-existing conditions from having access to healthcare. And then, screwing the poor, all while telling them that having access to healthcare is the same has having actual coverage for healthcare.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz said on Tuesday morning:
“We are getting rid of the individual mandate. We are getting rid of those things that people said that they don’t want. And, you know what? Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice. So maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest that in healthcare. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”
Congressman Jason Chaffetz thinks that healthcare is as cheap as your T-Mobile plan. He probably thinks it’s the same network as well.
Offering another insight into the new plan is Congressman Roger Marshall of Kansas, who is convinced that some people don’t really, actually, honest and for true, even want healthcare:
“There is a group of people that just don’t want healthcare and aren’t going to take care of themselves… Just like homeless people … I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don’t want healthcare … The Medicaid population, which is a free credit card [sic], as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are. So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to healthcare are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER.”
A bill bound to be so unpopular, that even those who wrote it will claim to have never heard of it.
The shiny new plan also goes into great detail to make sure lotto winners aren’t somehow getting free insurance and are paying their fair share. Yes, it’s true, the GOP has finally met a rich person they don’t like. They kill the tax on the rich (see headline) that paid for Obamacare, and even kill funding to Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides healthcare to millions who can’t afford it, because they just don’t like the organization. Or poor people.
Seriously, one tenth of the bill deals with free-loading lottery winners. This is a thing?
Many in the GOP are already speaking out against the bill…as not going far enough in not providing healthcare.
Stand by for more breaking news, like Paul Ryan claiming he was only kidding about the whole thing.