Over at WaPo, with many useful links to facts, all of which are being willfully ignored in the political process. EG, the House R’s are unsurprisingly pushing ahead without a CBO score of the impact of their amendments to their already toxic American Health Care Act. Facts, of course, are not their friends.
I don’t like it anymore than you do when economists veer into political punditry, but I can’t resist a few observations. If the amended bill passes the House, and the word on the street is that it may well do so, then:
—It shows that so-called Republican moderates provide no buffer at all against the hard right. They were bought off in this case by a fig leaf that they surely know won’t prevent the loss of affordable coverage. Why that is the case, I don’t know, but it suggests they do not believe their constituents will hold them accountable.
—Part of that calculus might represent their belief, if not hope, that whatever comes out of the Senate will be less draconian than the House bill. Then, there’s some sort of reconciliation of the two.
—A few people have asked me: if the House passes this bill, what happens in the Senate? I’ve got no idea, but I can’t imagine they want to spend a lot of time fighting about the impact of this bill over there, especially once CBO scores it. A new score would be even uglier than the last one in terms of loss of coverage, as this one will reflect the return of “medical underwriting,” higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions, including cancer, asthma, depression, and the belief that tax cuts pay for themselves.
—If Senate R’s were smart, they’d just bring this damn beast up for a vote and be done with it. But I doubt they’ll do so. So, good news, folks! We’re not done fighting about health care, and instead of improving the ACA, we’re going to have fight like h-e-double-hockey-sticks not to go backwards.
I hate to brag, but here’s my spouse in action today. You go, girl!!