Opinion: GOP attempting a last-minute health-care resurrection

(AP)

Quiet negotiations between the Trump White House and the conservative Freedom Caucus have supposedly, maybe, perhaps produced progress of some possibly premature sort on the resurrection of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Potentially, anyway.

“I feel like we’re closer than we’ve ever been,” one GOP lawmaker told The Hill after leaving a meeting in the office of Speaker Paul Ryan earlier today. ““We don’t have bill text or an agreement yet,” Ryan himself said, adding that they’re “very close to consensus.”

Great!

Personally, I’d just love to see the Frankenstein monster of a bill born of such negotiations. I’m sure the American people would love to see it as well.  I’m sure it will be carefully thought through and not at all slapdash or rushed or cobbled together to meet purely political needs. And I’m equally sure that a bill that previously attracted the support of a whopping 17 percent of Americans will somehow be even more appealing once conservative extremists within the GOP have rewritten it to their liking.

For example, as the Wall Street Journal describes one quasi-concept under consideration, “States could get exemptions that require most insurers to offer specific health benefits such as maternity care or hospitalization. They may also get exemptions from a provision that bans insurers from charging higher premiums to people with health conditions.”

In short, insurance would be cheaper for those who don’t need, and much more expensive for those who do. Note in particular that last sentence. Put another way, insurance companies could once again start to charge exorbitant prices to those with pre-existing conditions. Official permission to do so would come at the state regulatory level, allowing Congress to claim that its own hands were clean, but I doubt that evasion will buy them much cover.

The Republicans’ goal is apparently to produce new legislation and have a floor vote in the House on that new bill in the next two days, before Congress leaves town Thursday for a two-week recess.  I do hope they succeed, and if they do I’m sure the bill they produce and go record as supporting is gonna be really really great and popular.

Really.

UPDATE: According to newly released Gallup data, 55 percent of Americans now support the Affordable Care Act, a significant increase over the 42 percent who supported it last November.  Support has jumped by 10 points among Democrats, 10 points among Republicans and 17 percent among independents. Just 30 percent of Americans want the law to be repealed and replaced.

 

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Sandy Whitney
Sandy Whitney

As a cancer survivor I worry about them removing the pre-existing condition protections. As a retiree on Medicare I worry about them gutting all of my care. If they defund mammograms, how will I catch a potential recurrence of cancer? So far their proposals have hurt the working poor and middle class and rewarded the rich. :-(

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

So by the Gallup Poll Numbers it would be better for the GOP to drop the repeal and replace the ACA action and just ride out the storm.Give the people what they want, more ACA with less choices and higher premiums and expanded Medicare coverage to all 50 states.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

I will support the ACA just as soon as members of Congress are required to select their healthcare coverage from the list of provider/insurers the rest of the population is required from which to choose.  A little leadership would go a long way....

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

"Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says it would be "difficult" to get a bill on the floor for a vote by the end of the week."


Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

As far as the 55% approval rate of the Affordable Care Act, do all of the respondents of the poll know that the ACA is the same thing as Obamacare. And how many of the 55% actually have to buy individual healthcare on the ACA marketplace?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Buschleaguer

And how many of the 55% actually have to buy individual healthcare on the ACA marketplace?

If you had read the linked piece, you would know that Gallup didn't publish any such demographic information. So I'm not sure what the point of your question might be.

Also, nobody "buys individual healthcare on the ACA marketplace," they pick a private insurance plan, and pay those insurance companies the rate determined via the PPACA depending upon their income qualifications. I know because my family and I are covered via the PPACA this way.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@Visual_Cortex @Buschleaguer By Individual ,I mean you buy it yourself not as an employee of a company or a member of a union. And of course a generalized poll does nothing to prove whether the ACA is effective or not, when the vast majority of those covered by the ACA were just added to the medicaid rolls.

Mary
Mary

I'll pick up the slack if you stop doing business with them. No worries.

skydog12
skydog12

@rimsky

Thanks for publishing. I was thinking, if the networks will not publish this list, some PAC should.


I will shoot them all an e-mail asking why they promote P grabbing?

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@rimsky


If another lady or two come forward. Then it may be curtains. But Bill may still ride this out though.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Mary Mary loves herself some sexual harassers, she do!

honested
honested

@rimsky 

Aside from Weather Tech, I don't do business with any of them.....

Too bad, I liked Weather Tech floor mats....oh well.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@rimsky Why do most companies advertise? To put their products before as many viewers as possible. Until O'reilly's ratings tank ,his show is still the #1 rated cable news show in his time slot, thus many companies will still pay to advertise on his show. Which is the same reason Fox Pays off his accusers/victims ,O'reilly brings in more revenue than Fox has to pay out.

AustinF
AustinF

Trump had a plan that would cover everyone for less money and everyone would love it. Why can't we have that plan? Oh, yeah, he was lying to get elected.

gotalife
gotalife

trumpcare 2.0 failed too.

You are on a losing streak losers.

Kamchak
Kamchak

O'Reilly is a left winger?

The things I learn on this blog....

Boggles the mind, it do.

honested
honested

@Kamchak 

Didn't I hear that Faux would be changing the name of o'liely's program to the   Predator Factor?

gotalife
gotalife

Set assad up for the crimes against humanity.


Drag his friend putin down with him.


Not complicated. It requires US leadership.

Mary
Mary

Speaking of Iraq, thanks obama! The middle east is slap on fire because of obama and clintons pathetic leadership.

Mary
Mary

But his legacy lives on. Check out the children gassed in syria.

Mary
Mary

Agree with you there. Though, we screwed syria up in 2012. You can thank obama for that.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@gotalife

Good thing you corrected your spelling, Getalife.

PeeWee's been patrolling.

Mary
Mary

Plenty. That moron could have been a leader with courage in 2012 and lived up to his redline crap. Coward. Now people are dying because of his poor leadership.

honested
honested

@Mary 

gassed, 

By the nation that owns the 'so-called president'.....

What does that have to do with President Obama?

honested
honested

@Mary 

Who is the 'poor leader' since January 20th?

Who announced we would be leaving assad alone?

You voted for him, you own him, we will never forgive you.

Mary
Mary

I know you will never forgive, but trust me, you learn to live with it; i have the last 8 years as experience. Lol

honested
honested

@Mary 

You must really, really, miss the Bush Depression!!

But hey, if we hadn't started the Iraqi War of Choice, there wouldn't be a Syrian problem.

Time to Arm Palestine and leave the area for good!

Corey
Corey

@Mary Mary, other than McCain and Graham what other Republicans or Democrats in Congress at the time supported Obama's call for launching cruise missiles? I distinctly remember Rubio rushing before the cameras with a mic shoved in his face and saying, "I do not trust this president to execute a military action against Syria." We all remember the "red line", but we overlook the hand-wringing by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress who were against providing Obama with the authorization to launch attacks. Don't believe me? The footage surrounding this is there. Do a little research. Yes, there was the "red line" proclamation by Obama, but that is not the entire truth of this story.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

If Republicans truly feared Obamacare was imploding they would just allow it to happen


They know it isnt. And if states further expand medicaid they will have even more trouble repealing it down the road.


The fact that it isnt imploding is why they are so desperate to do something NOW.

gotalife
gotalife

No US leadership in Syria.


The UN Security Council leads now.


Mary
Mary

Blood on the hands of the previous admin. Shameful!

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Mary Yes just like Obama Mary


The buck stops with the President.


Which today happens to be a narcissistic reality TV star who has never admitted fault in his life


God help us .

Mary
Mary

Kinda like it did with obama?

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

What do you want Trump to do?

Draw a red line or something?

LOLOLOLOL

Mary
Mary

Thank goodness for obama's redline.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Mary  Obama never was particularly fond of the buck stopping with him.

kitty72
kitty72

@Mary  Obama blew that one with that rhetoric. But Trump will be even more stupid. He in effect gave Assad the green light to gas his own people because Trump is in bed with Putin.

Mary
Mary

Looking for the facts you've got to support your fake news. Got any?

kitty72
kitty72

@Mary  Oh, BS. Trump's saying he had no problem with Assad staying in power gave Assad permission to gas his own people. Trump has to take responsibility for the bad as well as he keeps taking credit for the good. Damn shyster.

Mary
Mary

Damn community organizer!