Republicans who voted in favor of Trumpcare last week are finding it increasingly difficult to defend major provisions of the bill, especially the fact that it would allow insurance companies to charge much higher premiums to those with preexisting conditions and that it would strip health insurance away from at least 24 million Americans.
New York GOP Congressman Tom Reed tried to tell CNN’s Chris Cuomo that people with preexisting conditions wouldn’t be treated any differently under Trumpcare. That led Cuomo to remind Reed that the legislation would also slash nearly a trillion dollars from Medicaid:
“Pulling money out of the system has never been shown to be a way to improve coverage in terms of how many people will get care. You are pulling $880 billion out of it over about a decade, period. How will that help?”
“That is one of the fundamental issues we have in the disagreement to the other side,. The other side assumes putting money in the situation solves the problem. I believe in flexibility and innovation in the market. Allow people to provide them choices. That allows the dollars to be more efficient and provide access to care to millions that don’t have it today.”
Clearly disgusted by Reed’s spinning, Cuomo wondered aloud why Republicans didn’t just admit the American Health Care Act is really just a giant tax cut for the wealthy:
“I don’t understand why the GOP doesn’t just own it and say we will put less money in it. Yes, some people may not get covered the same they are now. We think it is worth it. It will help fund our tax cuts.”
Trumpcare is not healthcare reform. It is indeed just a gargantuan tax cut for the top 1 percent of taxpayers. It’s also an early Christmas present for insurance companies and drug manufacturers. But Republicans know that if they do admit the true nature of their bill, they’re toast in the 2018 midterm elections. Looks like they may be toast even if they don’t get around to admitting it.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org