Is the Tea-GOP Wealthcare Plan Designed to Fail?

Just stop being poor

The Tea-GOP politicians have spent eight years making impossible health care promises. They said they would repeal the ACA, and challenged it in the courts (wanting us to forget that it originated as a right-wing proposal from the Heritage Foundation). Senator Orrin Hatch condemned the individual for-profit private insurance mandate as unconstitutional, ignoring the fact that he once wholeheartedly supported this exact same policy. Then they said they would replace the ACA with something better, except everybody knows that single-payer Medicare For All (supported by a majority of Americans) is the better system– and the Tea-GOP is adamantly opposed to it!

Of course Donald Trump’s characteristic style of campaigning meant that his pie in the sky was the highest and the best.

“Obamacare has to go. We can’t afford it. It’s no good. You’re going to end up with great healthcare for a fraction of the price. And that’s going to take place immediately after we go in. Okay? Immediately. Fast Quick.” (CSPAN 2/19/16, Timestamp 34:23)

Of course progressives understand that everything the Tea-GOP says about healthcare is, as they say in political science, bullshit. They have no interest in using government to provide health care or even health insurance to average Americans. Speaker Paul Ryan is looking for one thing: Big tax cuts for the rich, and benefit cuts for the rest of us — especially the most vulnerable who rely on Medicaid.

What has inevitably been dubbed “Trumpcare” is now being railroaded through the House of Representatives. But it might be designed to fail. The bill as it is presently constituted cannot pass the Senate without a 60-vote super-majority, and a number of Tea-GOP senators have come out against it.

I suspect that the Tea-GOP deliberately produced an extremely unpopular wealthcare bill because they don’t actually want it enacted. Why take ownership of the health care issue and have to spend years defending “Trumpcare,” which Paul Krugman describes as a bill “so bad it’s awesome”?

Instead, they want it to fail and they plan to blame the Democrats. Trump is already saying this.

More info:
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  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on March 12, 2017 - 6:40 am

    Wealthcare?

    Exactly! I love it!

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on March 12, 2017 - 7:50 am

      Ryan’s bill would hand out $600 billion in tax cuts for the rich over 10 years, adding to the National Debt because there is no way to pay for it all.

  2. #3 by Larry Bergan on March 12, 2017 - 6:44 am

    We should probably find out where Ryan’s hospital is, and block the door. I’m not saying we should kill him; don’t get me wrong here, but screw this. 😀

  3. #4 by Richard Warnick on March 14, 2017 - 1:16 am

    Budget Office blows up Trumpcare: GOP’s health care plan would leave tens of millions uninsured

    This is why they decided not to hold any congressional hearings on this.

    According to the [CBO], the American Health Care Act would, if enacted, result in 14 million people losing insurance coverage next year. The office’s long-term projections for insurance coverage were awful as well: By 2026, the number of people losing insurance would rise to 24 million.

    …Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price flat-out lied about the AHCA’s impact on coverage and the affordability of insurance. Over the weekend Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “nobody will be worse off financially” relative to his or her situation under the ACA and that he believes coverage will actually increase under the Republican bill. The budget office’s score just rammed a dagger through both those claims: It found that premiums on the individual market would be higher in the short term relative to what they would be under Obamacare.

    …While Price was making wild promises about what the Republican plan will do, House Speaker Paul Ryan was busily talking up the “freedom” aspect of the bill. “Freedom” in Ryan’s telling is the ability to use your money to buy whatever you desire. That’s not freedom so as much as it is “being rich.” Part of Ryan’s message is that the AHCA offers people the “freedom” to go without insurance and slip into medical bankruptcy.

  4. #5 by Larry Bergan on March 14, 2017 - 11:19 am

    The Ryan Healthcare plan is terrible. Very surprising. Sure glad I didn’t make any bets.

    • #6 by Richard Warnick on March 14, 2017 - 6:15 pm

      Ryan’s numbers never add up to anything good. Why the media credit him with being a policy wonk I have no idea.

      Remember that Trump won the Tea-GOP primaries by rejecting his party’s unpopular proposed cuts to the social safety net. Now Trump says Ryan isn’t cutting Medicaid enough!

      • #7 by Larry Bergan on March 14, 2017 - 10:55 pm

        My mother passed away on March 3rd; an hour and a half before she would have used up her five days in hospice without charge. That cost would have come to around $67,000 a year. This was the place they told us had the best care and I think the care was pretty good, but it was no resort, believe me.

        As it stands now, you have to run out of money, before Medicaid would kick in and I’d sure hate to see what kind of place you would die in then.

        If Ryan has his way, Medicaid wouldn’t kick in after your life’s savings were depleted in the greatest country on the face of the earth. Good luck grandma!

        My mother was 96 and always lived by the rules. I’m a very lucky man. My mom knew how much I loved her, and everybody at the funeral told me how much she loved me. It doesn’t end any better then that.

  5. #9 by Larry Bergan on March 15, 2017 - 10:06 pm

    I think Paul Ryan is going to learn there’s more to politics then being a preppy, annoying jock with horrible ideas that everybody hates.

  6. #10 by Richard Warnick on March 24, 2017 - 8:19 pm

    Art of the FAIL today for Trumpcare. Tea-GOP saw the polls showing how unpopular the bill was. Trump has abandoned it, blaming Dems who else? They will go to Plan B, which is to sabotage the operation of ACA wherever they can.

  7. #11 by Larry Bergan on March 25, 2017 - 9:26 am

    A young salesman at the music store told me he was reading Sanders’s book. This gives me hope.

    • #13 by Larry Bergan on March 25, 2017 - 12:20 pm

      Hilarious and disgusting at the same time.

      Lies put to music: The American Way!

  8. #14 by John B Talcott on March 26, 2017 - 11:29 am

    Wouldn’t it be great now if law makers could put their partisan differences aside and reach across the aisle to work to make health care more affordable, and dependable for everyone? No wait. I was thinking of a different country.

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