The Congressional Budget office today reported that 24 million people would lose health insurance coverage under the Ryancare bill. Mainstream Republicans were not pleased to hear that.
But let’s look at this figure a bit more closely. When we do, it becomes apparent that the Republicans have created their own problem. They are trying to keep Obama’s definition of healthcare policies while repealing Obamacare. That is not only an exercise in illogic. It is an exercise in futility.
It isn't futile, for the business interests and politicians involved. This is a crew of people, some of whom are pretending to be somewhat in solidarity with the President, when in reality, they don't give a damn about the President. They want failure, they are fine with the people suffering. They only want to cover their own asses, and make sure those currently profiting from this system keep profiting.
Gringich is also for this bill, and Lewis once again finds this odd:
For Gingrich to take this position is puzzling to say the least. As you may recall, he is the one who crafted the “contract with America” which Republicans used to reclaim control of the House in 1994 after so many decades in the minority. Does he actually think that Republicans will try to explain “Reconciliation” limitations to the voters in 2018 as part of thirty second ads? I think not. What they ought to do instead is to craft a real Obamacare Repeal and Replace bill, fill it full of logical improvements such as allowing insurance companies to offer policies nationally, then stand back and let the Democrats vote it down and filibuster it. Having got the Democrats on record, they could then go back to bills based on Reconciliation, having put their best ideas forward. That would be easy for voters to understand.
Yes, Lewis, this would make sense if the plan involved Trump being re-elected in four years, but the plan does not involve Trump. They hope to scapegoat him- let things fall apart over the next four years while blaming Trump.