Opinion: GOP’s destructive sabotage of health care

(AP)

President Trump and his fellow Republicans made it clear from the beginning that if they could not “repeal and replace” Obamacare through the legislative process, they would try to destroy it through the bureaucratic process. And at that, they’ve been pretty effective.

On his very first day in office, remember, Trump signed an executive order mandating government officials “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act “to the maximum extent permitted by law.” Along those same lines, the administration is also ignoring pleas from insurance companies to renew $7 billion in subsidies that will be needed in 2018 to keep individual health care affordable for lower-income Americans.

“We need swift, immediate action and long-term certainty on this critical program,” according to Cathryn Donaldson, spokeswoman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, an insurance industry group. “It is the single most destabilizing factor in the individual market, and millions of Americans could soon feel the impact of fewer choices, higher costs, and reduced access to care.”

Individual companies from Anthem to Aetna to Blue Cross Blue Shield have also told the government that without those subsidies, they will have no choice but to dramatically raise rates or withdraw from the market altogether. The response from the Trump administration?

Basically, “Go right ahead.” The administration seems to welcome or celebrate the withdrawal of insurance companies from the market, even though it puts tens of thousands of Americans in danger.

Interestingly, if you click on the link cited by Spicer, what do you find?

You find Anthem explaining why such a move is necessary:

“Anthem said it was concerned it might lose subsidies that insurers receive to offset the costs of insuring lower-income individuals. Last month, President Donald Trump reportedly told advisers he wanted to end these subsidies. …

“An increasing lack of overall predictability simply does not provide a sustainable path forward,” Anthem spokesman Jeff Blunt said in a statement.”

The calculation by Trump and other Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, is that a collapse of the individual market next year can be blamed on Obamacare and the Democrats. Maybe, but it seems a bad bet. The party that controls the House, the Senate and the White House will generally be the party that the public holds responsible, especially given that they haven’t exactly been shy about their hopes to wreck the current system.

Even a few Republicans are beginning to grasp that fact.

“We should act within our constitutional authority now to temporarily and legally fund cost-sharing reduction payments as we move away from Obamacare,” as House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said last week. “Insurers have made clear the lack of certainty is causing 2018 proposed premiums to rise significantly.”

There’s no sign that other Republican leaders are willing to join Brady, but polling data confirms the wisdom of his instinct. According to a poll released last week by the AJC, 81 percent of voters in the hard-fought 6th Congressional District described health care as an extremely or very important issue in the race, higher than any other issue polled. Just 25 percent of voters in the district said they backed the GOP House reform bill, which was crafted in part by their former congressman, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.¹

Given the GOP’s concerted effort at sabotage and its apparent inability to concoct a plausible replacement to Obamacare, it’s hard to imagine that the individual marketplace for health insurance will be anything short of chaos next year. It’s also hard to imagine that they won’t pay a price for that in the November mid-terms.

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¹ In that same AJC poll, 56 percent of 6th District Republicans say they are not too concerned (21 percent) or not concerned at all (35 percent) about Russian intervention into our elections. I just find that remarkable.

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Jay Barton
Jay Barton

GOP should just let Obamacare fall, then these Libs will be crying. Obamacare was a joke from the start

Chris Policronis
Chris Policronis

The headline should read "Democrats Sabotage of Healthcare Care Now a Reality" . Much more accurate.

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

Obamacare doesn't need to be sabotaged, it's imploding on its own just fine.

Damon Schneider
Damon Schneider

Healthcare continues to exist..... health insurance is different.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

All you Bookman Liberals should be apologizing to Hillary for voting for Bernie if she had your votes, Trump would not be an issue

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Where is Trump's apology to Ted Cruz for saying his father assassinated JFK?  Where is his apology to Barack Obama for claiming his birth certificate was fake?  Where is his  apology to Ms Universe whom he said had a sex tape and everyone should watch it even though it didn't exist?    Where is Trump's apology for lying and saying he would release his tax returns if he ran for office and he has yet to do so?


https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/874609480301936640

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Infraredguy @StraightNoChaser Not as long as he keeps opening his dumb mouth there will always be a news and comedy.  Fact:  As nasty as he was and still is he's preaching to the choir if he thinks he's getting an apology from anyone any time soon. 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@StraightNoChaser You know the House Democrats don't apologize because they never do anything but collect their pay and expense money 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"I think this Sessions testimony will be a whole lot of nothing. He will not answer the questions that need answering and will get some soft ball thrown at him which he will just eat up."


@McGarnagle


Old mealy mouth Confederate Hillbilly 


Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III ain't that smart.


He put his foot in his mouth at his confirmation


hearing and I suspect he won't be very smart


TODAY!


Al Franken Caught Sessions Lying At Confirmation Hearing


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsYTJadHI7M

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "There is video of Preibus practicing.  "


@PaulInNH


Humiliation is a dark and sticky place.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

So notice Trump retweeted a hot blonde's tweet as well. Quagmire anyone?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

What business is that?

Well ITM2, you've only shared so much so I wouldn't know for sure. 

However, you did say something to support your own bone fides in a discussion not long ago, about having a coffee mug with an "NSA" logo on it. So I would imagine your business has some dealings with that agency.

You going to tell me that your business has no subsidization from the government?

And before you answer, please don't play any silly games about whether it's direct or not. If you have some benefit from government policy--which is to say, if you're living and breathing and earning some kind of income through your efforts--then you're subsidized to some degree.

(That^^ reality is very difficult for some to accept, I realize. See also the batcrap crazy reaction to "you didn't build that.")

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Call the press and the intelligence community enemies. What could go wrong?

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

I think this Sessions testimony will be a whole lot of nothing. He will not answer the questions that need answering and will get some soft ball thrown at him which he will just eat up.

RantNRave
RantNRave


The Republican Party has NO CONSCIENCE.

OLD Republicans have long since left normal politics


behind and veered into irresponsible, SADISTIC


misbehavior.


This is quite literally the politics of LIFE and DEATH.


Cons in Congress have chosen to place THEIR


grimmy fingers on the scale in favor of the


latter.


Donald Trump's WEIRD Cabinet Meeting 6/12/2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR66oehFQ4Y

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@RantNRave FYI, the Democratic Party has NO NOTHING but just old people like Pelosi as " Leaders " LOL 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Infraredguy @RantNRave

Keep on telling yourself that, IR guy.

Pay no attention to national figures like Cory Booker, or local folks like Sam Park, or maybe even a fella you mighta heard about named "Ossoff."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@PaulinNH

Where is their apology to me 

It's but a long golf-cart ride off a short pier, Donald.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

That cabinet meeting. God.

Blessed. Honored. Privileged.

Ummm. Scared.

Oncheche Vaughan
Oncheche Vaughan

Get Ryan out of the picture & let some one fix it that cares

Don S. Rowley
Don S. Rowley

Give the ppl what they voted for. Let their white representatives destroy what the black man gave them. They'll think it was justifiable

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

In case Putin stops by. Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LordHelpUs @Kamchak

It's classic Luckovich. Usually something that exaggerated takes him years to cultivate (remember how big GWBush's ears got between 2001 and 2009?), but maybe Mike knows something we don't and figures, get 'em in when the going's good.

Binyamin Thiel
Binyamin Thiel

Obamacare was sold to the American people through lies and deceit, it is illegal, and it is a disaster! Repeal and replace it!

honested
honested

chump thinks he could fire Meuller and not spark a revolution.

We should never again 'elect' someone so divorced from reality.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@honested But we will.  History is long and our memories are short.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@honested Looking at the Trump effect in France and UK, this could play out well even if the interim is gawdawful.

The rebound away from someone so materially unfit for the office could set the foundation for the election of people that actually care about humans and our planet.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@LordHelpUs Or you could say having 8 years of a very competent and honest executive administrator running the White House made us long for those bygone days of dysfunction and rampant lying.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@ByteMe @LordHelpUs Yeah, Obama is a smart, honest man.  A great man, great father, great husband...a wonderful example and an inspirational rags to riches story.

The rebound from that^ to a lying, scummy, degenerate con man is tough to see...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Infraredguy @LordHelpUs

Been over this a bunch of times, with you present.

A bunch of people did. 

Some did not. Go figure, some people wanted crappy insurance with terrible protection provisions.

So... it was a campaign promise exaggeration. 

It's also just about all you've got to even remotely compare with the weekly lies and deliberate distortions coming out of this White House.