Ever since the failure of the Senate to pass their cruel repeal and replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), President Trump has been saying he’ll let the health insurance marketplace collapse and then Democrats will be forced to negotiate a solution.
But on CNN Wednesday morning, it quickly became clear that the White House may be attempting to hasten the failure of the current system so they can claim they were “right” all along.
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, was being interviewed by host Chris Cuomo when Mulvaney said the administration would continue to pay insurance companies their reimbursements on a month-by-month basis. This is thought to be causing great instability in the insurance marketplace, which led Cuomo to ask:
“But aren’t you, then, holding those payments hostage and encouraging the insurers to do exactly what they’re doing, which is to say that they have to raise premiums because of the uncertainty? The exact same thing you say is the problem?”
Mulvaney commented that it seemed to him the media only wanted to have the same conversation over and over again, which led Cuomo to remind him:
“Yeah, because you’re dancing around the reality. They need those payments so they can stabilize the markets and you’re holding them hostage essentially putting people at risk.”
Attempting to pivot, Mulvaney then said the payments had been in place for years and the market had yet to stabilize. To that, Cuomo laid some cold hard facts on the budget director:
“Not all markets are unstable.”
Next, Mulvaney attempted to suggest that the only real way to stabilize the health insurance market would be to repeal and replace the existing system. Once more, Cuomo used facts to shut down that line:
“The CBO said that every one of your suggestions made it worse. Every single one, the CBO said. And your reaction to that was to try and dismantle the CBO.”
All Mulvaney could say in response was the usual trashing of the CBO and the scoring process for legislation the CBO uses. In other words, shoot the messenger if you don’t like the message.
This White House has no solution to any problem. To hear them tell it, they have to destroy Obamacare in order to save it. Sounds like more of the same old BS.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org