Reed buys AHCA without looking at the cost

The House Ways and Means Committee, which includes Rep. Tom Reed, voted to approve the American Health Care Act,  before the costs of the proposed ACA replacement has been determined.

Reed, who has constantly complained about the national debt, the deficit, and the debt ceiling, has conveniently had a change of heart when it comes to a bill that would affect hundreds of millions American citizens’ health care and add to the deficit.  It is not a coincidence that the committee whose job is fiscal oversight was one of the first two committees to review the proposed bill. It approved the AHCA by a party line vote.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan would like to have the AHCA rushed through the House by their April 7 recess. They will be “working in their district” from April 7 to April 25. If they have not approved the AHCA by then, the constituents will have many opportunities to let their representatives know their feelings.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office still has to review the AHCA and will estimate the cost in real dollars and how it affects real Americans. Business Insider reports “Because of the last-minute changes, however, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a press conference on Wednesday that he did not expect the CBO score until sometime early next week.”  Thursday, March 16 seems to be a good guestimant of when we will learn of their study.

The GOP has already dismissed the numbers that the CBO will come up with, citing their track record when the scored the ACA. If fact their estimates were lower than what actually happened, which the GOP are hoping will happen to the AHCA.

Although Reed’s constituents have many concerns, saving the ACA has been the cornerstone issue at the rallies at Rep. Reed’s offices and Town Hall meetings. Knowing that he has approved of it without knowing, or caring, about the cost is not going to be forgotten.


About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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4 Responses to Reed buys AHCA without looking at the cost

  1. Catharine C Saal says:

    When I worked as a Medicaid Program Manager (another state and long ago) policies did not go for committee review before a detailed fiscal impact statement was attached.


  2. whungerford says:

    Tom often complains about the national debt, deficit spending, and government programs which he says are unsustainable. I believe this is just political talk, much like his complaints about taxes and regulations. Clearly Tom doesn’t care enough about the deficit to stop calling for more tax breaks for the rich. When the current debate over healthcare is over, watch for attempts to revise the tax code to make it easier on the rich and harder on the rest.


  3. faithhawkwoman says:

    From everything we have seen and heard from the GOPs aligned with Trump they only care about the interests of rich white men. period. 😡😵😤✊️✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻


  4. Pingback: Is Tom Reed compassionate? | New NY 23rd

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