House Republicans are finally making good on their perennial promise to punish the poor, young and sick for their bad fiscal choices (such as owning phones and refrigerators) by repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with pixie dust and unicorn farts. The GOP has pushed their replacement bill, called the America Health Care Act, or more affectionately TrumpCare (he hates that, so don’t call it that), through two committees without even knowing how much the plan would cost. That estimate, to be provided by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office next week, is expected to cast the bill in a rather unflattering light by pointing out how many Americans would be expected to lose coverage under the plan. Republicans have been careful to dance around those specifics with (Bill) Clintonesque semantics about how the plan would give more people ‘access’ to health insurance. They mean ‘access’ in the same sense that I have access to a variety of Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Lamborghinis or Ferraris– a broad free market of cars I still can’t afford. The party of fiscal responsibility and debt reduction also managed to slip in an amendment that would give insurance companies a $400M tax break.
The bill is expected to move to the floor of the House by March 20th. I assume most of my readers are from Democrat-held districts and none are expected to support the bill. Still they would probably appreciate hearing from us. If any of you are represented by GOP MoCs, call early and call often.