Passing a Law for the Sake of Passing a Law
It is pretty clear now that the Republican President has no idea of how health care and ACA works and doesn’t care that he is ignorant. And now it is pretty clear that the Republicans in the Senate just don’t care what is in a bill as long as there is a bill. Senator Thune let that cat out of the bag.
The Republicans are now considering passing a so-called skinny bill. The bill would eliminate the individual and employer mandates and maybe repeal a few taxes. So gone would be cherished dreams of Republicans or drastically cutting Medicaid, of introducing zombie health care policies that cost little and cover less and all of the other dreams of Paul Ryan to gut an entitlement. But they really don't care, they just want to pass a law, policy and results be damned. Here’s is the proof.
“Whatever gets to 50,” said John Thune of
the Senate’s No. 3 Republican, when asked about the prospect. South Dakota
Of course just repealing the mandates would be a health care disaster.
The skinny repeal could still have significant consequences for Obamacare. Knocking out the individual mandate could push the ACA’s fragile insurance market into a death spiral, actuaries warn. CBO has projected that repealing the individual mandate could lead to 15 million fewer Americans having health coverage in a decade.
And maybe that is what is comforting to the GOP. Getting 15 million people off health insurance and wrecking the exchanges, gosh the Republicans must salivating like the Hound of the Baskerville.