Sunday, February 26, 2017

Republican Replacement for ACA is Great and Ready to Go

What!  You Thought We Were Serious.  C'mon Man,Work With Us Here

[Update:  The Washington Post reports this.

Divided White House offers lawmakers little guidance on replacing Obamacare
While leaving most of the detail work to Capitol Hill, top administration aides are debating how far and fast Republicans can afford to move when it comes to undoing the Affordable Care Act. But President Trump himself remains the biggest wild card, repeatedly suggesting that his new plan is nearly complete.]

Confused, you will be more than ever after reading this.

For years and years the Republicans voted to repeal ACA/Obamacare, and were only able to keep from repealing it because they knew Mr. Obama and the Democrats would not allow it.  So it didn't matter that they had a replacement plan, they were never going to have to produce it.

But wow, were they screwed when Trump won the election.  See now there was no obstacle to repeal but unfortunately no existence for replacement.  And recently Speaker Paul Ryan went around to the House member declaring that other than a few overbaked under thought ideas, they go nothing.

According to numerous lawmakers and aides in the room, as well as a policy memo distributed afterward, the House leaders laid out elements of a repeal-and-replace plan — including long-standing Republican concepts like health savings accounts, tax credits and state high-risk pools for the chronically sick. But they did not detail how those elements would fit together or get passed into law.
“It’s sort of a smorgasbord right now,” said Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Thursday that legislation to overhaul the ACA would be introduced later this month, after lawmakers return from the recess. 
Burt what about that comment that legislation would be introduced later this month? Really, you took that seriously? Remember this.

What was clear Thursday is that Trump intends to take a hands-off approach to overhauling the health-care system — for now, at least. He had earlier pledged, including to The Washington Post shortly before his inauguration, that he had a health-care plan “very much formulated down to the final strokes” to be introduced once Price was confirmed. At a news conference Thursday, Trump again said his plan was in the “final stages” and would be submitted to Congress in March.

And what's the latest from Trump? Well he said recently, probably 2018, which by anyone's calendar except Trump's is not this coming March.

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