They've decided today's the day to take affordable health care away from tens of millions of Americans in order to give the wealthy a near trillion dollar tax break.
Just about every organization in the health field, and the powerful AARP, is strongly opposed to this cruel, reactionary bill (click on images to enlarge):
The vote is proceeding before the Congressional Budget Office can score it (which will occur next week).
House GOP leadership is walking their entire caucus off a cliff.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) May 3, 2017
Wait until the American people see the CBO score of this AHCA monstrosity.
Yes, just wait.
As Jon Chait notes, it's basically the same POS bill that failed earlier, with a risible fig leaf attached for craven pols to say they've addressed the pre-existing condition flaw:
The heart of the bill is the same one that was polling at under 20 percent and failed two months ago: a near-trillion dollar tax cut for wealthy investors, financed by cuts to insurance subsidies for the poor and middle class. They have added a series of hazily defined changes: waivers for states to allow insurers to charge higher rates to people with preexisting conditions and to avoid covering essential health benefits, and a pitifully small amount of money to finance high-risk pools for sick patients.
The implications of these changes are vast. The Brookings Institution notes that if a single state eliminated the cap on lifetime benefits for a single employee, then employers in every state could actually follow suit, thus bringing back a horrid feature of the pre-Obamacare system, in which people who get hit with expensive treatment suddenly discover that their insurer will no longer pay for their care. This would affect not only those getting insurance through Medicaid or the state exchanges, but also through their job. (our emphasis)The resulting ticking time bomb: personal bankruptcies due to exorbitant medical costs. Guess what will happen to personal bankruptcies, which have gone down significantly since the passage of the Affordable Care Act?
It may be too late to stop this from happening; the vote will be very close and may hinge on one or two cowards making a last minute switch. In any event, whether or not this passes the House or goes anywhere in the Senate, this needs to be the message going forward: The Republicans are out to get your health insurance, and they'll keep trying until they succeed -- don't ever let them.
I hope the ads run against the Republicans who vote for Trumpcare are the most brutal we've ever seen in politics.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 3, 2017