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Is There Anyone In Love With GOP Health Care Proposal?

March 9, 2017

I ask the question simply because every Republican member of congress I hear speak about the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act has nothing but scorn in their voice and a most negative assessment of the proposal.  Recall how America was told during the election that unified government under the GOP was supposed to eliminate the infighting of the Obama years.  Recall the ouster of the House speaker, the defeat of House majority leader–all those days were over.  Right?  <!–

Republican Arkansas Senator Cotton made it known he is not a fan of the current health care idea.

“House health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast. No excuse to release bill Mon night, start voting Wed. With no budget estimate!”

I can assure my readers that there was never even a public hearing on a bill in the committee I staffed in the Wisconsin State Assembly without a fiscal note attached to the proposal up for discussion.  That something of such gravity as the health care idea having no budget estimate is simply a non-starter.  On that point I am in agreement with Cotton.

Senator Collins of Maine made no doubt what she thinks of the current bill.  “I do not think it will be well received in the Senate.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stated his outrage at Speaker Paul Ryan by saying Ryan misled Donald Trump on the process and the level of support in the House for the bill.

There are also the three-thumb crowd in the House who are upset that the proposal preserves too much of the current law.  They contend that the bill, if enacted into law, would create another huge government program that would be too costly,

What has some of these members upset is they truly felt that a repeal action would take place but a replacement for health care would be a long time down the road.  That thinking was delusional and far afield from political reality and is why some of the conservative fury now is due to being forced to apply a remedy to what they are willfully breaking.

Meanwhile major associations representing physicians, hospitals, insurers and seniors all have leveled sharp attacks against the bill.  These industry groups warned in most plain language that the proposal could leave vulnerable Americans with fewer protections than they now have, and that will make unsteady members of congress wary as they ponder mid-term elections.

So we have a good idea that the movers and shakers within the political world are not in alignment with the Republican plan.  But what about the people in the nation?  What about all those Trump voters who places anger about government ahead of love of country?  What will happen to their health care now that they have tethered their boat to Trump?

CNBC gives us a clue.

“Exit polls showed that just 10 percent of Trump’s votes came from Americans earning $200,000 or more. Yet those voters would derive all benefits from the repeal of the two individual tax hikes targeting them: a 0.9 percent tax on their earnings, and a 3.8 percent tax on their investment income.”

“An even smaller group, the top 1 percent of earners, would receive an average tax cut of $33,000, according to the Tax Policy Center. The top 0.1 percent of earners would receive an average tax cut of $197,000.”

“But half of Trump’s votes came from white voters without college degrees. And those less-affluent voters stand to lose in multiple ways if Congress rolls back Obamacare in favor of the House GOP plan.”

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