The American people will pay more and get less or no coverage at all. It ends Medicaid as we know it, it decimates state and family budgets while putting America’s most vulnerable at risk, it puts the government between women and their doctors, and it steals money from Medicare to give a massive tax break to the wealthy.–Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
The GOP healthcare draft pleases few besides lobbyists. Why would the GOP propose a bill that seems destined to fail. Perhaps it is a way out of their dilemma–if it is blocked in the House or Senate or vetoed, Ryan could then say he tried his best, but oh well….
Here is what some are saying:
- doesn’t strive for universal coverage
- extra cost for “previous conditions”
- short-changes the poor
- tax credits for the wealthy
- does nothing to reduce the cost of premiums
- doesn’t provide for purchase of insurance across state lines.
- doesn’t address the high cost of drugs.
- no transparency in shopping for healthcare
- little to placate libertarians
- absolves government of responsibility for affordability
President Trump says he has learned that healthcare is hard. Rep. Reed favors “patient centered health care,” but this is “lobbyist centered.” Former Speaker Boehner says the GOP will never repeal and replace Obamacare. Is Speaker Ryan clueless, or has he designed this bill to fail?