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Republicans Just Came Up With Incredibly Crazy Excuses For Kicking Millions Off Of Health Care


Republicans Just Came Up With Incredibly Crazy Excuses For Kicking Millions Off Of Health Care

Congressional Republicans are twisting themselves into pretzels trying to come up with stories to brush aside the fact that the House and Senate GOP health plans will throw tens of millions of people off of their health plans.

The magnitude of the coverage loss under both bills is too large to be explained away with any single tendentious argument. Republicans have thus taken to deploying multiple, mutually contradictory arguments to dispute, or blunt the political impact of, analyses showing GOP health care legislation will add 20-plus million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured, relative to current law.

This somewhat embarrassing trend wouldn’t be necessary if more conservatives had enough faith in their own convictions to admit they don’t believe in the taxation of the super-wealthy to help subsidize health insurance for the poor and working class.

Instead, they offer these three justifications for not rejecting Trumpcare out of hand.

1. GOP officials contend that the CBO, for all its accounting prowess, is very bad at economic modeling. However, the CBO estimates of how many people would gain insurance under the law have been spot on.

Of course, this crew of critics is also fond of saying that Obamacare is collapsing, in spite of several CBO assurances that it is not, so their antipathy is in some sense a kind of natural enmity between liars and people who strive for accuracy.

2. They say it’s about freedom. This argument is popular among congressional Republicans. As House Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News, “What they’re basically saying at the Congressional Budget Office is that, if you’re not going to force people to buy Obamacare, if you’re not going to force people to buy something they don’t want, then they won’t buy it.”

This is … not what the CBO said. But even if it were, it would be equivalent to saying Republicans want to unleash the power of the market which will produce plans that 20-plus million people will decide are garbage. This is not what these Republicans intend to be conveying, but it is consistent with their final excuse for the horrible Trumpcare CBO scores.

3. Insurance is stupid anyhow (for you). This is a critique Republicans apply only to Medicaid, because to extend it to private insurance—the kind of insurance conservative policy wonks have, and would not voluntarily part with—would reveal its hollowness and insincerity.

The purpose here is to devalue the kind of insurance most people will lose under Trumpcare. But I would wager that zero conservative pundits would voluntarily surrender their health plans, even if those plans provided them only financial and psychological security. I would also wager that zero of those pundits would refuse to enroll their families in Medicaid should they become unexpectedly impoverished.

What they will happily do is try to convince other families that their insurance is worthless, and convince the government to take huge risks with those families’ livelihoods, on the presumption that they will never be poor or uninsured themselves.

In other words, Trump and his Republican allies are a**holes!

RELATED: Mike Pence Just Offered The Most Shameful Defense Of TrumpCare.

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