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Unless something changes, Republican leaders have no intention of repealing Obamacare

Republicans are on track to fake-repeal Obamacare


By —— Bio and Archives--January 5, 2017

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If Republicans in the brand new 115th Congress want to enrage supporters and destroy whatever grassroots goodwill remains they are off to an excellent start.

Daniel Horowitz has the gory details at Conservative Review:

It is probably the best kept secret in Washington that has evaded scrutiny even from conservatives in recent weeks: Unless something changes, Republican leaders have no intention of repealing Obamacare.

 

They are merely repealing most (but not necessarily all) of the funding mechanisms of Obamacare. Worse, they plan to use the savings from the repeal of those subsidies to create an Obamacare-lite replacement plan, which will likely be enacted on top of retaining the worst aspects of Obamacare itself.

There is a lot of anticipation and excitement in the air about the pending repeal of Obamacare, especially after Senate Republicans introduced the budget resolution that will be used as the vehicle for the reconciliation process that could repeal the law and circumvent the filibuster.

The problem is that they plan to repeal only the taxes, subsidies, and Medicaid expansion, but will retain every page of the insurance coverage regulations that are responsible for making insurance actuarially insolvent and depressing the job market. Thus, we are confronted with the worst of both worlds in which the public perception is that Obamacare will be repealed, but the worst aspects — the aspects of the leviathan that are solely responsible for unaffordable premiums and the lack of choice in the market place — will be preserved. […]

Depressing but not entirely unexpected stuff.

Read Horowitz’s excellent piece at Conservative Review.



Matthew Vadum -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Matthew Vadum, Bombthrowers, and matthewvadum.blogspot.com, is an investigative reporter at a watchdog group in Washington, D.C.

His new book Subversion Inc. can be bought at Amazon.com (US), Amazon.ca (Canada), and as an e-book at Kobo (Canada).

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