Obamacare by any other name?

Here is an overview of the details of the House Obamacare repeal bill.

How it resembles Obamacare:

    It still has pre-existing condition coverage.
    It still has a fully refundable tax credit to help people buy health insurance.
    It still has a small penalty if people don’t stay insured.
    It still has Medicaid expansion but puts per-capita limits in place.
    It still limits how much people must pay based on age.
    It still allows people to stay on Obamacare until 2020.
    It still phases out assistance for singles above $75K and families above $150K.

How it differs from Obamacare:

    It repeals all Obamacare taxes on high income taxpayers.
    It repeals cadillac insurance plan tax.
    It repeals all funding for Planned Parenthood.
    It repeals all limits on tax breaks for employer-sponsored health coverage.
    It repeals payments to insurers for cost-sharing reductions

Congressional conservatives are not happy.

Some House Freedom Caucus members dismissed the bill as creating a new “entitlement program” by offering health care tax credits to low-income Americans. A Republican Study Committee memo sent to chiefs of staff, obtained by POLITICO, echoed those comments and blasted the bill’s continuation of the Medicaid expansion for three years.

“This is Obamacare by a different form,” former Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told POLITICO. “They’re still keeping the taxes in place and Medicaid expansion, and they’re starting a new entitlement.”

Freedom Caucus member Dave Brat (R-Va.) piled on, telling POLITICO he’d vote against it in its current form because “the bill maintains many of the federal features including a new entitlement program as well as most of the insurance regulations.”

“Now [they] are saying we’re going to do repeal and replace but the bill does nothing of the sort,” he said. “[Speaker] Paul Ryan has always said the entire rationale for this bill is to bend the cost curve down, and so far I have seen no evidence that this bill will bring the cost curve down.”

That’s not to say, however, that the left approves of it…

The GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan is out–and it’s even worse than anyone expected

After weeks of expectations — actually, nearly seven years of expectations — House Republicans on Monday released their proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Elements of the proposal, which was kept under lock and key last week — have been dribbling out for a few days. The text of the bill encompassing the GOP plan validates much of that reporting. On the whole, however, it’s a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly proposal than even close followers could have expected.

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12 Responses to Obamacare by any other name?

  1. BigJimTX says:

    Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. The leviathan will not relinquish control willingly. It must be forced. Bigly.

  2. TN-cat says:

    we need a second political party in this country.

  3. Bman says:

    Nothing about buying insurance across state lines? A lot of states don’t allow that. Wasn’t that a big talking point in the 7 years that Repugs have been working on this repeal? Which reminds me…7 years working on this and THIS is what they come up with? They were full of shit since day one. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I think that is in a bill for the future. Since it isn’t budget based, under the law it can’t be passed via reconciliation and there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to pass it any other way.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    I am not sure what they are doing. It seems to me that they are painting over the word “Titanic” on the bow, renaming the vessel and calling it a new ship.

  5. Uke says:

    If only we had a bold, brash political outsider that could lead by example, truly demonstrating that he is above petty political squabbles, and doesn’t care about such trivial things as “reelection.”

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Rand Paul wants them to dust off one of the seven Obamacare repeal bills they floored during the Obama years. What about those simple bills is unacceptable now?

    Hint, hint: A probable veto from he who is now leaving orange rings around White House bathtubs.

  7. Uke says:

    To the point at hand, Rand Paul and Justin Amash are right: this is garbage, Obamacare-Lite.

    Yeah, there are improvements, absolutely. But it’s trimming Obamacare around the edges, and presupposes that our health insurance system must:
    1) Have some sort of subsidy,
    2) Guarantee preexisting coverage, and
    3) Have some sort of individual mandate.

    My sentiments are… pretty aggravated right now. If the GOP is merely putting some conservative ornaments on a socialist Christmas tree, we’re dead in the water.

    You have to uproot the presumption that we need all these socialistic elements to make health care work. Rip it off. Like a Band-Aid. Make people know that it’s going to hurt a little, but that it’s because of the rotten system that the socialists embedded.

    Just as scrubbing out the burnt, destroyed flesh from a burn victim is necessary to begin the healing and prevent infection–but will hurt like a sonovabitch–so too must these socialistic elements be removed in order to begin the healing.

    But what do I know. I’m not a politician.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      As I said above: Any flat repeal bill would have been vetoed by Obama and it would almost certainly be vetoed by Trump.

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    • R.D. Walker says:

      Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill: Regulations, spending, mandates, subsidies, and taxes.