Mitch McConnell just won’t quit his tireless pursuit to assassinate Obama’s signature legislation, and in turn, potentially millions of Americans. Coming off the heels of the debacle that was the Better Care Reconciliation act, Senate Majority Leader McConnell is planning to bring up another disaster called the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, which is based on an older bill that then President Obama vetoed in 2016.
And if you thought the Better Care Reconciliation act was bad, wait’ll you get a load of this one!
A report released Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says under the proposed bill, 32 million people would lose their health coverage, health insurance premiums would double and the insurance market would destabilize over the next 10 years.
Gee willickers, is McConnell holding some sort of grudge against the American people or something? I mean, even by Republican standards this latest slap in the face seems particularly harsh. The previous failed attempts at repeal and replace by both the House and Senate at least left in some provisions of financial assistance – pathetic and heartless as they were. This new monster would cut everything to the marrow of the bone. Funding for Medicaid expansion would be eliminated, along with the individual mandate, as well as the mandate that requires large employers to provide health benefits to their workers…and of course taxes on wealthy people and health care corporations. So, basically it’s the most blatant attempt yet to give a giant tax break to the richest Americans, while the most vulnerable are left to twist in the wind.
But we’re just getting started.
The CBO report says that by taking away financial assistance for private insurance and funding for Medicaid, 17 million people would be left uninsured by next year – next year, folks! Moreover, by getting rid of the individual mandate (which requires healthy people to buy into the system) and the tax credits for insurance policies sold on the exchanges, insurers would have no other recourse but to increase premiums to cover the expense of the sickest Americans who need insurance the most. Ultimately, the CBO expects insurers to just bail out of the exchange, leaving 75 per cent of the nation’s population with no access to health insurance providers in their area by 2026.
Part of me really does hope that this will pass, if only to wake up Trump’s congenitally confused supporters. Of course, having, you know a fucking heart, the idea of millions upon millions of sick people left without a way to get better makes me mad as hell. The truth is, there’s no way this will pass. Senators Shelly Moore of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine will tank it, just as they did yesterday on the McConnell’s attempt at a straight repeal.
I guess, as usual, we’re going to have to rely on the women to save us.