House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama’s health care law, a package that would scale back the government’s role in helping people afford coverage and likely leave more Americans uninsured.
House committees planned to begin voting on the 123-page legislation Wednesday, launching what could be the year’s defining battle in Congress and capping seven years of Republican vows to repeal the 2010 law. Though GOP leaders expect a boost from the backing of the Trump administration, divisions remain and GOP success is not ensured.
The plan would repeal the statute’s unpopular fines on people who don’t carry health insurance. 1 It would replace income-based subsidies the law provides to help millions of Americans pay premiums with age-based tax credits that may be skimpier for people with low incomes. Those payments would phase out for higher-earning people.
The bill would continue Obama’s expansion of Medicaid to additional low-earning Americans until 2020. Beginning then, states adding Medicaid recipients would no longer receive the additional federal funds the statute has provided.
More significantly, Republicans would overhaul the entire federal-state Medicaid program, changing its open-ended federal financing to a limit based on enrollment and costs in each state, a move likely to cause funding cuts.
In perhaps their riskiest political gamble, the plan is expected to cover fewer than the 20 million people insured under Obama’s overhaul, including many residents of states carried by President Donald Trump in November’s election. Republicans said they were chiefly focused on reducing costs and increasing choice for consumers. 2
In other words, the ReThugs plan on burning down the ACA for the insurance money; fuck everyone else. 3
- Instead, in its typical cock and ball slurping fashion, the ReThugs will introduce a thirty percent surcharge on all premiums, for a full year, on any individual who lacks coverage for two months or more. Which is NOT a fine at all, but instead just you know…The Insurance Industry’s Due. Totally different. ↩
- Though they are not above tossing more money to their
- There is a FAQ site for the ReThug’s plan here. It starts out with an oft-repeated ReThug lie: “Obamacare is collapsing.” Then devolves into further lies. The long and short of the Obamacare-Lite plan offered by the ReThugs is as follows: Huge tax breaks for the richest Americans are coming. No worres, though – we’re sure you’ll do just fine. ↩