Rand Paul: AHCA, a 'Gift' for Insurers, Won't Pass Congress

Posted March 19, 2017

"They have not been giving it a fair press". And what kind of coverage is really going to be available when the dust clears?

Trump emphatically stated that "Obamacare is dead". Just maybe not blindingly so.

The Speaker said Republicans made a promise to the American people to "repeal and replace this faulty collapsing law".

As proposed, the plan would result in 24 million people losing their insurance in the next decade, with the majority of those impacted being lower income and poor folks.

What's going on here, it seems, is that Trump is trying to paint the AHCA as a rough first draft that he doesn't care about one way or another and to blame the problems with it on Paul Ryan.

Cotton's stance on the health legislation also reflects realities on the ground in his state, where health advocates credit the Affordable Care Act with cutting how much hospitals are spending on care for uninsured patients and for a dramatic drop in the state's uninsured rate. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) have cited that concern in announcing their opposition to the bill, and several other moderates remain undecided. "We're going to have more plans being offered, more choice and competition". That is unless you're actually paying for next to nothing.

Under Obamacare, insurers can charge only three times more. "But is the major decrease in the number of people - according to the CBO - who will have health insurance, is it freedom or is it that some people will no longer be able to afford health insurance under your plan?"

Trump calls the House legislation "a great plan" and says there will be "bidding by insurance companies like you've never seen before". Or, because there wouldn't be an individual mandate: not buy, exposing themselves to the risk of catastrophic medical debt and substandard care should they get sick. But if you're in that camp where you feel like you're bulletproof and you don't need even these basic protections, please realize how goddamn expensive health care is when health insurance doesn't cover essential benefits. If they don't, he warned, the party will become a "laughingstock".

Some GOP governors weighed in Thursday evening in a letter to congressional leaders saying the House bill gives them nearly no new flexibility and lacks sufficient resources to protect the vulnerable.