Wingnuttia now owns healthcare and this is not “insurance for everybody,” as The Russian Usurper promised to his minions and mouth-breathers. Let’s see what the state of play is this morning:
USA Today: ACA repeal may boost uninsured 24M
The Congressional Budget Office bomb has gone off. Here’s what it says about the House Republican Obamacare replacement plan:
- Coverage: 24 million fewer than Obamacare in 10 years (14 million in 2018)
- Savings: $337 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years
- Premiums: 15 to 20 percent higher in 2018-19; 10 percent lower in 10 years
What it means: It’s not a surprise that CBO predicted people would lose coverage — most health care experts predicted it, and Republicans have been prepared for it. They’ve insisted they’re not trying to compete with Obamacare, which required people to buy coverage. But today’s estimates are worse than expected — the Brookings Institution predicted the number losing coverage would be 15 million over 10 years.
The savings mentioned? It comes from gutting Medicaid.
Whatever Ryan is having, I want some:
.@SpeakerRyan on CBO score of GOP health care plan: “I’m pretty encouraged by it – it actually exceeded my expectations”
— Ali Rogin (@AliABCNews) March 13, 2017
And then Tiger Beat on the Potomac had a late night scoop of it’s own:
White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO: “A White House analysis of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare shows even steeper coverage losses than the projections by the Congressional Budget Office, according to a document viewed by POLITICO on Monday. The executive branch analysis forecast that 26 million people would lose coverage over the next decade, versus the 24 million CBO estimates. The White House has made efforts to discredit the forecasts from the nonpartisan CBO. White House officials late Monday night disputed that the document is an analysis of the bill’s coverage effects. Instead, they say it was an attempt by [OMB] to predict what CBO’s scorekeepers would conclude about the GOP repeal plan.”
“‘This is not an analysis of the bill in any way whatsoever,’ White House Communications Director Michael Dubke told POLITICO. ‘This is OMB trying to project what CBO’s score will be using CBO’s methodology.’ The analysis found that under the American Health Care Act the coverage losses would include 17 million for Medicaid, six million in the individual market and three million in employer-based plans. A total of 54 million individuals would be uninsured in 2026 under the GOP plan, according to this White House analysis. That’s nearly double the number projected under current law.”
And for shits and giggles, let’s throw Fratsputin outta the train:
Kushners Set to Get $400 Million From Chinese Firm on Tower: “A company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, stands to receive more than $400 million from a prominent Chinese company that is investing in the Kushners’ marquee Manhattan office tower at 666 Fifth Ave. The planned $4-billion transaction includes terms that some real estate experts consider unusually favorable for the Kushners. It provides them with both a sizable cash payout from Anbang Insurance Group for a property that has struggled financially and an equity stake in a new partnership.”
Speaking of bombs, Breitbart has audio of the Speaker on Oct. 10, a few days after the release of the Billy Bush tape, saying on a conference call with House Republicans: “I am not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future.” His remarks had been reported at the time, but now the tape was out there. Methinks they’ve been saying it for a special occasion.
This may be the most epic rat-fuckery of our era. https://t.co/WkpglRumh2
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) March 14, 2017
We await anxiously for Trump/Bannon to throw the Zombie-eyed Granny-starver outta the train.