Much of the news this morning is focused on the CBO Score from the Trump/Ryan/McConnell healthcare death panel, which is to say, deadly-bad:
WOW. CBO: Premiums for a 64-year old with middle income go from $6,800 under ACA to $20,500 under BCRA ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/iBm6eBbpw7
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 26, 2017
And remember this is the party who opposes a 6-day waiting period to buy a gun, who want a 6-month waiting period to buy a policy.
But it’s not a mandate.
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios morning email thingie has as a non-lead story:
We hear … that Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell is warning Republicans that there’ll be a political and policy price to pay if healthcare goes down — that failure would have painful implications:
- Senators are being told it’s not possible to just let Obamacare fail — that if the Better Care bill fails, Rs will have to work with Ds (horrors!) later this year to help shore up the exchanges.
- That would require Republicans making big concessions on important priorities.
- An aide adds: “He’s said publicly that it’s a disaster if Better Care doesn’t pass. Obamacare exchanges are getting worse, not better; insurers are leaving the exchanges, not growing their presences; premiums are going up, not down.”
Not to be outdone, Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) leads with:
Good Tuesday morning. BUZZ IN THE CAPITOL — If Senate Republicans pass their health care bill Friday, House GOP leadership is planning to keep the chamber in session over the weekend until they pass the legislation, according to multiple sources familiar with their plans. There’s an unusual level of confidence among House Republicans that they’ll be able to pass the Senate bill. Color us much more skeptical.
The NYTimes goes with:
A REMINDER — 22 MILLION MORE UNINSURED … The CBO score, per NYT’s Tom Kaplan and Robert Pear: “[T]he report said premiums for older people would be much higher under the Senate bill than under current law. As an example, it said, for a typical 64-year-old with an annual income of $26,500, the net premium in 2026 for a midlevel silver plan, after subsidies, would average $6,500, compared with $1,700 under the Affordable Care Act. And the insurance would cover less of the consumer’s medical costs. Likewise, the report said, for a 64-year-old with an annual income of $56,800, the premium in 2026 would average $20,500 a year, or three times the amount expected under the Affordable Care Act.” http://nyti.ms/2thE8am
So, well-played, amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell: it kicks tens of millions of people off healthcare, jacks-up rates for those who remain, AND creates a market for junk policies that cover nothing.
Process is our friend in this instance. Before McConnell and the waterheads (worst band ever) can vote on this abomination, first they have to vote to even bring it to the floor “for debate.”
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his team are working furiously to round up 50 of the caucus’s 52 senators to even bring the bill to the floor, let alone pass it by week’s end. GOP leaders said ultimately that even lawmakers that oppose the bill in its current form could be convinced to allow the debate over the party’s long-sought Obamacare rollback to begin. ‘I would hope … our members would at least let us get on it,’ said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 GOP leader. ‘Everybody wants to exert whatever leverage that they can, where they can get the most leverage, but I would expect we’d be able to get on the bill.’”
So, some small number of Wingnuts with a vestigial soul can stop it from even getting to a vote, by not letting it get to the floor. Yay! (Though this is the place where the very concerned, very concerned so-called moderates usually cave.)
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) June 27, 2017
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But just to prove that it is always darkest before dawn, animated tree stump Mike Pence, a main who makes a termite salivate when he enters a room, is going to host a high-pressure, time-share style dinner to sell Trickle-Down Healthcare to these ghouls: UT. Sen. Mike Lee,Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, and Iran’s pen palArkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.
Don’t bring any of the harlot wimmins to this he-man woman-hater club dance, fellas, unless you want Mother Pence to harsh your mellow.