Obamacare Replacement Does Just Enough to Ruin It

Ryan: Mission accomplished

House Republicans say they’re succeeding in replacing Obamacare with something that won’t work by introducing their health insurance reform bill this week. “What we’ve done is taken what’s good about Obamacare and replaced it with provisions that won’t work,” says Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the speaker of the House and a key architect of the replacement bill. “At the same time, we’ve kept the provisions that are bad.”

McCarthy: Bill looks good

Republicans who support the bill call it a win-win. “By making the coverage options worse and penalizing people for letting their bad coverage go, were doing two things at once,” says Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Were forcing people to retain coverage that’s worse than what they had before while penalizing people who drop their coverage because they can’t afford and it doesn’t do much for them anyway.”

In addition, the bill provides a $600 billion reduction in taxes on health insurers, enabling executives who are already wealthy to become wealthier without improving their company’s services. “Poor people who struggle to pay for health coverage now have to struggle to pay for even worse coverage while rich people who already have good health insurance become wealthier and can buy another boat or another house,” says Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House majority whip.

https://www.amazon.com/Mansy-Fashion-pineapple-Printed-Sleeveless/dp/B01EQGU7OC/ref=as_li_ss_il?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1488110689&sr=1-13&nodeID=7147440011&keywords=novelty+tank+tops+for+women&th=1&linkCode=li2&tag=daily031-20&linkId=63ba3ddfdbe05d824a6cfcf41b079229McCarthy said it’s this kind of thing that voters across the country sought when they elected Donald Trump president and kept Republicans the majority party in Congress. “Democrats simply don’t offer the kind of policies that hurt the working class that we offer,” he says. “Until they start sticking it to the working people of America, they’re going to continue to come out on the losing side of elections.”

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), minority leader in the House, agreed that tax breaks for the wealthy are the kind of policies that enable Republicans to get elected even though there are fewer Republicans in the United States than Democrats. “The wealthy vote,” she says. “But more than that, they buy elections. Until the poor can buy elections, we’re not going to regain power. Therefore, we might have to start offering the wealthy tax breaks so we can get back into power so we can help the working poor. Of course, that will make us lose power again, but we might be able to do some good for the short time we hold the gavel.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump touted his plan to cut $6 billion in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “That’s just a downpayment on my plan to improve the inner cities,” he says. “I told blacks that they should try me for a while since the Democrats aren’t helping them. I’m keeping my promise by cutting money from the federal budget that goes directly to inner cities by funding school improvements, economic revitalization, and better infrastructure. The Democrats failed to act; we’re showing blacks that we will act.”

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