Republicans in Congress, with the House leading the charge under the guidance of Paul Ryan, are conducting a great game of three card Monte with the American public.
The proposed American Health Care Act is a joke. It’s like Diet Obamacare and everyone with half a brain understands that fact. It is also the type of bill that is so neutered yet destructive enough that it is finding strange bedfellows in opposition like the entirety of the Democrats in Congress and Rand Paul. If you ever thought Rand Paul would be a dissenting vote on Republicans’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act raise your hand?
Now the spin begins. Republicans and Donald Trump are trying to sell the idea that the goal is cheaper health insurance. This is a farce because cheaper health insurance generally does not cover any health care. If something is cheaper it usually means one of two things: someone else is picking up the tab or you are getting less coverage. It is a zero sum game.
Under the Affordable Care Act the federal government was subsidizing your health insurance if you were so qualified to receive subsidies on the individual market. Under the American Health Care Act you will just receive less coverage. “But it is cheaper!” Paul Ryan will scream with Ayn Rand-esque shrillness. Yes, just like a regular cab rear wheel drive F-150 is less expensive than a crew cab four wheel drive F-150. Both trucks are F-150s, but one is cheaper because it has less content. Everyone understands why those two trucks are priced differently and people will understand why health insurance is cheaper under Paul Ryan’s plan when they discover it covers no actual health care.
Thankfully, after seven years of claiming to work on a replacement for Obamacare and despite Donald Trump’s promise of amazing coverage for everyone Republicans have shown their utter lack of vision and leadership on the issue by producing a piece of crap bill. Furthermore, provisions in the bill that would be windfalls to multi-millionaire CEOs and other rich people just show who the paymaster of the Republican Party really is in 2017.