Tag Archives: RyanCare

National healthcare is the health of the state

Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs. We just had a crystal-clear proof that it’s a fatally-flawed theory. In 2016 the American electorate voted for a Republican president and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress pledged to repeal the Democratic-Party-passed Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. … Debates endlessly rehash everything except the obvious: only a small caucus of Republican legislators had any desire to repeal the ACA and the GOP replacement bill was merely a reshuffling of how government-provided benefits were to be managed. … There’s a lesson here for all political observers, but particularly libertarians: socialistic programs, once enacted into law, can’t be repealed. Politics, itself, foils it.” (03/25/17)


TrumpCare Trumped

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Donald Trump ran, in part, on the promise of getting rid of ObamaCare. But upon taking the reins, two things became obvious: Republicans in Congress lacked the guts to repeal the ACA, and even lacked a coherent scheme to alter it. The new president could hardly be expected to possess the plan they lacked, though on the campaign trail he suggested the best approach: repeal, then open up insurance markets across state lines. The GOP Congress, on the other hand, was all promise and no clue. So Speaker of the House Paul Ryan hastily cooked up what was to be the new TrumpCare — a ridiculous reform package with nothing much to say for it.” (03/27/17)


Trump’s healthcare debacle

Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

“Political capital is like financial capital. A politician invests it in ventures that may or may not pay off. The more bold the venture, the greater the risk — but also the greater the potential return if things go well. But the politician, like the financial investor, has to understand the market. If either makes an investment based on a faulty perception of the market, the investment almost surely will go south. Then the financial investor ends up with less financial capital to play with, just as the political investor ends up with less political capital. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan invested a large chunk of political capital in health care. They didn’t know the market. The investment went south, taking with it a large store of political capital. Now they have less to play with.” (03/24/17)


US House cancels vote on RyanCare

Source: The Hill

“Republicans are pulling their ObamaCare repeal bill from a scheduled Friday afternoon vote, an acknowledgement that it was headed toward a defeat. President Trump asked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to pull the measure a day after issuing an ultimatum that the House should vote on it, a GOP aide said. Ryan is announcing the decision at a closed-door conference meeting, a Ryan aide told The Hill.” (03/24/17)


US House delays vote on RyanCare as some GOP reps turn out to be vertebrates after all

Source: CNN

“The House hopes to vote on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare Friday morning, following a day of drama and multiple high-level, tension-filled meetings, a White House official said. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been lobbying members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and also moderate Republicans in an attempt to reach the 216 votes they need to pass the bill.
Republicans can’t lose more than 21 of their caucus and still pass the bill …. Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said there are ’30 to 40′ votes against the bill at this point. ‘We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes at this point,’ Meadows said Thursday afternoon. Meadows called the long-standing plan to vote on Thursday — the seven-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act — an ‘artificial deadline.'” (03/23/17)


TrumpCare: Bad policy, even worse politics

Eric Schuler

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“There are many policy areas where the politicians that support bad policies will suffer no political repercussions for the harm caused. These are areas where the relationship between cause and effect is sufficiently complicated or indirect that the average won’t really understand why the negative outcome occurred. Indeed, in many cases, supporting bad policies is actually an excellent strategy politically. But healthcare is not one of those cases. It has too high of a profile at this point for failure to go unnoticed. Additionally, the failure is readily identifiable by regular voters in the form of higher premiums, fewer choices, etc. So if TrumpCare passes and then subsequently fails, there will be little doubt who’s responsible.” (03/23/17)


The logic-defying CBO ObamaCare replacement score breaks its own rules, among other problems

Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“Dr. Tom Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, has said the Congressional Budget Office’s recent ‘score’ of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill defies logic. Even worse, it defies the very rules which govern the CBO. The CBO’s Analysis Is Static. The 2016 Budget Resolution agreed to by both the House and Senate in May 2015 directed the CBO to do so-called dynamic scoring of major legislation. Dynamic scoring includes proposed laws’ macroeconomic effects. It is especially important when new laws cut taxes, as the American Health Care Act would do. Old fashioned, static analysis does not result in accurate estimates.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (03/23/17)


Defying Trump, US House’s Freedom Caucus says they’ll oppose RyanCare

Source: The Hill

“The conservative House Freedom Caucus said it remains opposed to the House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement legislation Wednesday despite pressure from President Trump. Speaking to reporters outside a Freedom Caucus meeting after a White House meeting, the group called on leaders to start over on ObamaCare, saying the replacement bill does not have the votes to pass Thursday. … A spokesman for the Freedom Caucus separately tweeted that more than 25 members remained opposed to the bill. House GOP leaders can only afford about 22 defections, given expected absences from the vote. ‘Nothing has changed,’ said Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), adding ‘there was nothing new’ from the White House meeting.” (03/22/17)


ObamaCare repeal vs. reality

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane M Orient, M.D.

“Most proponents of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) concede that the Act is ‘not perfect.’ But there is ‘political reality’ to consider — what can make it through the congressional sausage-making machine? Already Congress is telling us the most important consideration for them: staying in power. The 2018 election will be a ‘bloodbath’ for Republicans if AHCA is not passed — or else if it is passed. The outcome of the midterms supposedly depends on how unhappy the American people are. But the political reality is that the happiness of the donor class is far more important. Most of the donor class resides in the Swamp. Perhaps the best thing to say about AHCA is that it has the right enemies: the AMA, big hospitals, and some big insurers (who all favor ACA).” (03/21/17)


RyanCare is worse than ObamaCare

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Nathan Keeble

“After 7 years, Republicans finally have the chance to fulfill their promise of repealing Obamacare. With Republicans in control of all 3 branches of the federal government, the only thing standing in their way is themselves, apparently a formidable foe. Titled The American Health Care Act, the Republican establishment unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and it was quickly met with controversy among members of their own party. … Senator Rand Paul has chosen to refer to the AHCA as Obamacare-lite. It’s an apt name, as the bill keeps in place the majority of the Obamacare, namely the supposedly popular provisions.” (03/22/17)