While everyone was looking at the Planned Parenthood hearing debacle, House Republicans once again moved a bill forward to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the umpty-zillionth time.
But that's all show. All of it. The Planned Parenthood monkey court, the public vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, all of it. Just a show.
Don't mistake their carnival barking for harmless base-feeding, however. Paul Ryan has a plan to kill Obamacare by a thousand cuts.
Using a method called “reconciliation” that allows tax-related measures to be fast-tracked to the president’s desk, GOP lawmakers can dodge the Senate by slashing the budgetary pieces of Obamacare. This complicated workaround wouldn’t repeal Obamacare outright. However, it would eliminate the central policy that the Affordable Care Act is founded on: The individual mandate that requires Americans to purchase health insurance, which was ruled a “tax” when it was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012.
“By tearing down many of the worst parts of the law — like forcing people to buy insurance only to later tax them for it — we could stop Obamacare in its tracks and start working toward a more affordable, higher-quality, patient-centered system,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said on Tuesday.
Currently, 27 million Americans remain without health insurance, even with Obamacare’s major provisions in effect. Repealing the law’s individual mandate would effectively increase the number of uninsured to 41 million by 2025, according to a previous analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO also projects that getting rid of the mandate would increase health care premiums in the individual market by 20 percent.
The measure, which passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, would also roll back other policies included in the ACA, like its employer mandate and its controversial “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans.
Obama will veto this bill as soon as it reaches his desk. But this doesn’t kill the long-term potential for the strategy. If the GOP is able to unite around reconciliation, it could be a blueprint for dismantling Obamacare if a Republican takes the White House in 2016.
Or it could be a way for them to blame Obama for shutting down the government.
I'll just call bullshit right now on Ryan's weasel words about "working toward a patient-centered system." They do not want people to have health care. They have no intention of doing anything other than rolling back what we've already gained.
I've had a tough day today, but the one highlight was writing a check for affordable health insurance for the month. When I read this, I seriously teared up, because I just cannot understand why these selfish, childish sons of bitches hate me SO MUCH THEY WANT ME TO DIE.
And why they hate my family so much they want them to die.
But it's starting to grind on me. Grind on me hard. It's starting to make me feel...radical.