Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Republican Plan To Fix The Affordable Care Act

Cathy McMorris Rodgers proudly announced the release of their proposed legislation on Facebook.

"You can read the full text at GOP.gov/ReadTheBill," she said.

If you've ever looked at legislation that amends other legislation, figuring out what it all means can be a daunting task. Many comments on McMorris Rodgers's post expressed that frustration and people were asking what this meant. Needless to say, she did not provide specifics.

I took a look at one part that references Medicaid.

I used the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute site as my reference for the law and checked out what 42 USC 1396a, Subsection (a)(47)(B) had to say. 

There are links within the subsection to follow and read but after a half hour or so I finally figured out that the Medicaid expansion that was implemented by the Affordable Care Act was being terminated as of Jan 1, 2020.

So basically, this section could have been titled, This Is Where We Screw The Poor.


Anonymous said...

This is where we create a new Democratic majority.

Republicans have sacrificed their one rhetorical advantage: simplicity.

Nobody knew a Republican plan could be so complicated!

Nobody said...

Apparently Republicans think defunding voters healthcare is a winning campaign issue in 2018 and 2020.


This bill angers everyone, even wealthy opponents of the ACA. It's still basically Obamacare, just with much less money. It even freezes in place the 31 state Medicaid expansion, like some sort of Missouri Compromise of insurance coverage.

This application of leeches to the ACA will serve only to rebrand the whole rotting mess "Trumpcare." Republicans cannot argue, like some 19rh century quack, that the patient would have died anyway.

I expect Senate Republicans will recognize the political toxicity of this bill. But what will the second draft look like?

Nobody knows.

What's on second said...

Trump will need a megaton distraction if his Trumpcare thrust wilts while everyone watches.


He'd tapp that.

Bill, of Particulars said...

Budget is DOA.
Travel ban blocked.
Wall charged to US.
Popularity tanking.

Trump is, by any measure, a loser. Sad? Dangerous, actually.

War talk escalating.
Paranoid wiretap accusations expanding. Now he blames our best ally Britain!

Trump just gave himself a two week deadline to produce wire tap evidence. If he can't meet his deadline with credible proofs (and he won't), Congress must write up his false accusation as a misdemeanor, if not a high crime.

I don't give a damn. I'm joining the impeachment crowd. Time to shortstop Trump's presidency.