The rocket surgeons in the GOP Establishment have unveiled their Obamacare replacement kit, and while it is hard on the outside, it has a squishy middle; just like Chris Christie.
The legislation would preserve two of the most popular features of the 2010 health-care law, letting young adults stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 and forbidding insurers to deny coverage or charge more to people with preexisting medical problems. It would also target Planned Parenthood, rendering the women’s health organization ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants — a key priority for antiabortion groups.
I like the Planned Parenthood smackdown, but the other two “features?” Pass.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of at least three conservative senators who opposes the plan to provide income-based tax credits, tweeted: “Still have not seen an official version of the House Obamacare replacement bill, but from media reports this sure looks like Obamacare Lite!”
Well duh, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan had their grubby little paws in it. Of course it’s Obamacare Lite!
And four key Republican senators, all from states that opted to expand Medicaid under the ACA, said they would oppose any new plan that would leave millions of Americans uninsured.
“We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states,” Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
I would argue none of these four “Republicans” have ever been described as “key,” primarily because they straddle that thin conservative line between John McCain and Lindsey Graham. In other words, they’re useless back-benchers.
I’d like to believe the new version of Obamacare would be full of sunshine and unicorns, but nothing the GOP Establishment has done ever convinced me they have our best interests at heart.