Oops. Who's got egg on their face now, GOP?
So it's not quite as easy as the Republicans thought it would be to find a better working, comprehensive, healthcare plan than Obamacare.
The GOP revealed their healthcare plan earlier this week to drumrolls and coronets -- trumpeting the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act. They were proud to point out they solved all the problems with the current ACA. They had it, as Tom Coburn said, "all worked out." They'd fixed all the harmful elements of Obamacare and now they could put it forth for a vote. This long awaited, well-thought out plan was going to replace Obamacare and still provide additional coverage to the many who are/were uninsured.
President Obama, in his State of the Union Speech the other night said he'd welcome changes if they were going to help. But he cautioned, they had to be improvements, not just changes.
Well, one or two of the Republicans heard this warning and took a look at their new bill. Lo and behold, their bill wasn't paid for. It would call for increased taxes.
What? Republicans increasing taxes? Yup, that's what their bill would have done. That wasn't going to fly. So they quickly recalled their bill.
According to TPM:
It appears that the Senate Republicans who put forward their own alternative to Obamacare have quietly refined their proposal, undoing what would have been a significant tax increase on most Americans.
But the devil is in the details. The original eight-page proposal released by the Senate Republicans -- Richard Burr of North Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Orrin Hatch of Utah -- said that the new cap would be "65 percent of an average plan's costs." Health policy experts told TPM that this would likely result in a big tax increase on most Americans and some would probably lose their insurance.
Well, now, seems the GOP stalwarts and obstructionists found out providing healthcare to the uninsured isn't all that easy. Voting to repeal is a no brainer. But substituting a comprehensive and cost efficient plan ain't so easy. Now these Tea Party and conservative blowhards have a bit of egg on their faces. They've had to recall their bill. Gee, now isn't that something?
Here's what the new, now recalled plan would have done:
The Congressional Budget Office recently analyzed a similar, though not identical, proposal and estimated that it would raise $613 billion in revenue over nine years, while six million people would lose their employer coverage in the five years after it took effect. Under the GOP's plan as originally proposed, if you had an average health plan, you'd pay taxes on 35 percent of its costs.
The GOP fights for tax loopholes and benefits for the rich, but now they want to tax the health plans of the middle and lower class? How un-American.
Sometimes it's best to leave things alone for a bit, find out how they're running in their early stages, then come up with fixes. Tossing out the baby with the bathwater, then making public fools of themselves touting the Republican fix, then finding out it's a fraud is not the way to win elections. Then again, who wants the Republicans to win elections and further ruin our country? Let them run on their new healthcare plan which insures fewer people AND RAISES TAXES on the middle class and poor. Let's see how far that gets them in non-gerrymandered districts and in statewide senatorial campaigns.