Last week, Mark Levin, ‘The Great One’, on his show said on his radio show that the Republican’s bill, the American Health Care Act (ACHA) keeps 90% of Obamacare still in place. So why then are Republicans and Trump celebrating? Didn’t many Republicans, including President Trump, campaign on the promise to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare?
Oops. I don’t consider changing only 10% of Obamacare a success. If the ACHA is still 90% Obamacare, what’s with all the ‘celebration’. Did Republicans really feel that they had to pass SOMETHING to just get a win? Seriously? Do Republicans really believe that Americans should have a government run healthcare system?
The bill (ACHA) doesn’t repeal Obamacare. It’s not what Republicans promised their voters. It’s barely even a partial repeal. What is wrong with the Republicans we elected and sent to DC to get the job done? It’s no wonder voters are upset – they elect politicians to do a job and then, once again, it doesn’t happen. Levin said, “We have liars. Deceitful, dishonest men and women who get your votes” and don’t follow through on any of their promises. Sounds like it when it comes to our healthcare doesn’t it?
H/T American Thinker:
Mark Levin made the following points on his show on Thursday:
1) Some Obamacare taxes are repealed. Hooray!
2) The government will pay $138 billion to cover people with “pre-existing conditions,” a fancy name for people who refuse to get health insurance until they get sick and then expect you, the taxpayer, to pay for their health care. One hundred thirty-eight billion dollars is a lot of money.
3) The federal government will continue to pay all costs of new Medicaid patients until 2020. That gives states incentives to continue to sign up more and more people for Medicaid, a program that is rapidly becoming unsustainable.
4) It is still illegal to sell insurance across state lines. Competition across state lines would have helped keep premiums down. Now that will not happen.
5) The insurance mandates are not repealed, but states can apply for a waiver.
This last point is the heart of the House bill. A lot of the increased costs of Obamacare stem from the requirements that insurance cover a whole bunch of so-called “essential benefits” like drug addiction and psychiatric services, which raises the cost for everyone who doesn’t need or want such coverage.
Under the House bill, states can apply for a waiver so insurance companies can sell insurance without such “essential benefits.” They can then offer policies at much lower costs since they are not offering to cover so many extra areas.
The problem with this is that consumers will see lower premiums only if they live in states that decide to allow insurance companies to sell policies without such “essential benefits.” If you live in a blue state like New York or California or Illinois, you won’t have this choice. The “repeal” bill puts the decision of what should be in the policies in the state’s hands, not the consumer’s.
But even if you live in a red state that decides to let insurers opt out of such expensive coverage, the federal government can still veto the opt-out and require insurers to offer only policies that cover everything. The Obamacare rules have not been lifted; they have been suspended, only if an individual state applies to the federal government for a waiver and only if the federal government does not deny the waiver. That means that the next time we get a Democrat president, he can deny the waivers and in this respect restore Obamacare to exactly the way it used to be. This is the Republicans’ definition of “repealing” Obamacare.
President Trump calls this the “repeal and replacement” of Obamacare. That’s simply not true. One wonders how the results might have been different if President Trump had proposed a bill repealing Obamacare. Despite his promise to do so, the president never once submitted a bill or even a proposal for repealing Obamacare. He simply waited for whatever emerged from the House and declared victory.
If President Trump had addressed the nation in a series of addresses, stressing the reasons why Obamacare should have been repealed, pressure might have been put on congressmen, and we might have gotten a better bill. That’s how Ronald Reagan did it. But Trump preferred to sit back. His only contribution was stating that he wants pre-existing conditions covered, that people who refuse to get insurance should have their medical costs paid for by the rest of us.
Mark Levin argues that Republicans didn’t really ever want to repeal Obamacare, because IF they had, they could have repealed it – the whole thing.
Levin asked his audience,
“Does the Republican healthcare plan repeal Obamacare… or any significant part of Obamacare?…Did the Republicans not say that they would repeal Obamacare and replace it?”
Levin went on,
“Do you know why the Republicans won’t repeal Obamacare? Because they support it.”
“Do you know why the Republicans won’t slash government spending? Because they support massive government spending … they support open borders,” he continued
The Republicans buy into this propaganda,” he added of the congressional legislators’ unwillingness to repeal the main tenets of Obamacare. “They want Obamacare, even though it’s unsustainable.”
We have liars. Deceitful, dishonest men and women who get your votes” and don’t follow through on any of their promises,
Talk about conservatives being disgusted by the behavior of the Republican establishment.
Even when we win, we lose. Now, instead of waiting for significant changes to our premiums, deductibles and individualized health care plans supported by free markets, we have a Republican plan – ACHA. Now Democrats can say…Republicans OWN it! It’s a nightmare. It’s all about the lobbyists. Follow the money.
We can only hope the Senate will do a better job at ‘repealing’ and ‘replacing’ Obamacare. Anything is better than the 10% “victory” that the House Republicans got, woudn’t you say? This isn’t like a kidney stone, where we have to do anything to get it passed or through the system. This is about House Republicans supporting Government Run Healthcare! It’s unsustainable, but they want it any way. Talk about buying into the propaganda.
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