During the campaign, Trump posed as a master dealmaker. But you can’t make a deal if you don’t understand what’s being discussed.
Ezra Klein, Vox: Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care
The core problem is Trump has no idea what he’s talking about on health care and never bothered to learn. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” he famously, and absurdly, said. His inability to navigate its complexities meant he couldn’t make persuasive arguments on behalf of the bills he supported, and he routinely made statements that undercut the legislative process and forced Republicans to defend the indefensible. CONTINUE READING
Patrick Caldwell, Mother Jones: Mitch McConnell’s New Obamacare Repeal Plan Is Somehow Even Worse
While the 2015 “repeal now, replace later” bill was engineered as a show vote back then, the Congressional Budget Office took the bill seriously and wrote a damning analysis earlier this year explaining what it would do to the country’s health system. The CBO concluded that the uninsured rate would immediately skyrocket, rising by 18 million under the first year after the repeal went into effect. By year three, 27 million more people would be uninsured than under Obamacare. That number would rise to 32 million by 2026. By that point, the individual marketplaces would have imploded, with 75 percent of people living in a part of the country without an insurance provider offering individual coverage. CONTINUE READING
Cameron Joseph, Talking Points Memo: House GOP After Senate O’care Collapse: We Walked The Plank For This?
A number of GOP members from swing districts stuck their necks out on a bill they knew was politically toxic to move forward with their party’s long-promised efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act, in the hopes that the Senate could return a more palatable alternative. Following the chaotic collapse of parallel efforts in the Senate they face the worst of both worlds: backing unpopular legislation that will be weaponized against them in next year’s campaigns without the benefit of seeing it become law. CONTINUE READING