The campaign promise: repeal Obamacare and replace it with a better plan.
The result: The GOP is in a quagmire, to get out of the quagmire there will be no repeal, and the replace may be damaging-failing to address the issues surrounding health care and health insurance in America.
The current Senate bill
…still makes major cuts to Medicaid
More than 14 million Americans gained eligibility for Medicaid through Obamacare, and they could lose that coverage under the Senate bill, which phases out federal funds by 2024 for expanded Medicaid coverage.
That's a problem for some moderate Republicans, who worry that their most vulnerable constituents will be harmed. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, cited those cuts in a tweet Thursday saying that she will vote against a procedural motion to bring the bill to the floor, known as a "motion to proceed."
Patients who rely on Medicaid to get treatment for opioid abuse also could lose that coverage, undermining efforts by moderate GOP Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia to boost federal support to fight the epidemic in their states. However, the bill does provide $45 billion in additional funding for opioid treatment, in an effort to lure Portman, Capito and others.
If you have Medicaid and this bill passes, get ready to have less access to health care and get ready to pay more. The Senate bill is not concerned with access to health care or health insurance. It is a mechanism to cut costs, no matter what happens to those on Medicare.
It does not fully repeal Obamacare
Conservatives want a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act, especially its taxes. This bill would not do that.
While it eliminates taxes on health insurance, prescription drugs, medical devices and high-cost employer-sponsored plans, the legislation leaves in place Obamacare taxes on wealthy Americans to help subsidize coverage for lower-income people.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a conservative with a libertarian bent, said he cannot support a bill that leaves so much of Obamacare in place. His spokesman said the senator plans to vote against the motion to bring the GOP legislation to the Senate floor next week.
"I pledged to the voters to repeal Obamacare, I think it's a disaster," Paul said Thursday on Fox News. "But this bill doesn't repeal it. It keeps about half of the Obamacare taxes, it keeps most of the Obamacare regulations, it keeps most of the Obamacare subsidies, and it creates a giant new insurance bailout superfund of about $200 billion. This isn't repeal by any means, shape or form." USA TODAY
Rand Paul may have promised voters in his state for a repeal, but whatever action he and other Senators make impact the Country. The Senate is supposed to be a deliberative body, working to find a compromise to help the Country. Instead, it is blindly working to fulfill a campaign promise, a promise based on American’s misperception of what Obamacare really is. For example, if you ask if Americans if they like the ACA the results are different if you ask them if they like Obamacare.
According to a…CNBC poll that surveyed two different groups, 46% of the group that was asked about "Obamacare" was opposed to the law, while 37% of the group asked about the "Affordable Care Act" was opposed to the law. CNN
The new proposal also raises costs for older Americans creating a greater burden on them to obtain insurance and access to health care.
The GOP is in a quagmire, they cannot please the right of their party, they cannot please the left of their party, or the center of their party. Moreover, once a Senate bill is passed it still faces the reconciliation process to reconcile differences with the House bill.
No matter how you put it, the rush to “repeal and replace” is making things worse for Americans. The GOP is on a blind mission to fulfill a campaign promise.
If the GOP played this smart, they would slow down, deliberate, work with the House, and cross party lines, to pass a comprehensive reform and amendment bill to address health care concerns in America. However, they will not.
All the GOP wants is to say to Americans-
Look we did it, no matter what the cost is to working Americans.
Maybe it is time for moderates to dig their heels in the sand and put a stop to the conservative nonsense on healthcare. Maybe it is time for moderates to dig their heels in the sand a stop the liberal nonsense on healthcare. Maybe, just maybe, moderates need to demand that the right and the left move to the center and find a comprehensive workable plan to deal with health care and health care insurance in America.
Maybe it is time for a moderate revolution.