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Krugman writes: "Now we've seen Mitch McConnell's latest version of health 'reform,' and 'beautiful' is hardly the word for it. In fact, it's surpassingly ugly, intellectually and morally. Previous iterations of Trumpcare were terrible, but this one is, incredibly, even worse."

Senator Mitch McConnell. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Senator Mitch McConnell. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


The Cruelty and Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell's Health Bill

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

15 July 17

 

few days ago the tweeter in chief demanded that Congress enact “a beautiful new HealthCare bill” before it goes into recess. But now we’ve seen Mitch McConnell’s latest version of health “reform,” and “beautiful” is hardly the word for it. In fact, it’s surpassingly ugly, intellectually and morally. Previous iterations of Trumpcare were terrible, but this one is, incredibly, even worse.

Before I get to what makes it worse, let’s talk about the one piece of the new bill that may sound like a step in the right direction, and why it’s largely a scam.

The original Senate bill got a lot of justified bad press for slashing Medicaid while offering big tax cuts for the rich. So this version rolls back some though by no means all of those tax cuts, which sounds like a concession to moderates.


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+27 # jwb110 2017-07-15 10:06
WE need to start calling this what it is. GOP Death Panels!!!
 
 
0 # politicfix 2017-07-18 07:03
McCain and Palin touted that GOP Healthcare proposal. Allan Grayson's speech before Congress stated quite clearly that the Republican Health Care Bill, which referred to "death panels" at that time, was in essence "to die quickly". Now they are trying to dismantle healthcare for that same agenda by eliminating the ACA, so once again Americans can "die quickly". 2018 is the year for the GOP to "die quickly" from the Congress.
 
 
+31 # GDW 2017-07-15 10:21
This bill should be "dead on arrival".

"...this is still a bill that takes from the poor to give to the rich;..."

It's the Republican way. When are the American people going to realize "trickle down economic" is a sham and has only made things worse.

We need universal health care and if democrats want our votes they need to give us more Bernie Sanders type. People that will fight to raise the American standard of living, which makes America great
 
 
+16 # economagic 2017-07-15 11:18
Krugman is paid by the word. The straight and simple answer is that this is not a "health care" bill any more than the original Trumpdon'tcare was, because it REDUCES access to health care for millions of people who already had some access albeit limited.
 
 
+9 # suzyskier 2017-07-15 12:54
It should be called the "Trump doesn't Care Bill" because in fact he doesn't give a hoot and neither do the Republicans. They would prefer to get rid of any program that helps people.
 
 
+6 # angelfish 2017-07-15 13:01
Expecting Milk and Honey from these Trolls, when ALL they can give is Lip-service, Lies and Billions in tax Relief for those who don't need it is kind of like expecting the Bull NOT to attack you because you're a Vegetarian! They CAN'T go against their nature any more than the Bull can! They are Anathema to EVERYTHING this country was founded on and are Self-Serving Buckets of Excrement with NO Moral Fiber, NO hearts or Minds and NO intention of doing ANYTHING for ANYONE who CAN'T do something for THEM! They are ALL Guilty of colluding with the Russians to put their Fool in the White House and don't give a Hoot in Hell about the Damage inflicted on this Country OR her People! A Pox on them and ALL they stand for! God Help and SAVE us from these unnatural Mutants and Knuckle-Dragger s!
 
 
0 # Depressionborn 2017-07-15 14:27
Now we can learn just who benefits from the Affordable Care Act. Maybe even who actually wrote in the mandates? [hint: insurance companies want no low cost alternatives.]
 
 
+2 # RicKelis 2017-07-15 14:40
FYI- abstract of the Krugman article "The Cruelty and Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill” Center Cut:

Paul Krugman: “Does [McConnell] address the two big problems with the original bill — cuts to Medicaid and soaring premiums for less affluent workers? No.
Those brutal Medicaid cuts are still part of the plan. The subsidy cuts that would send premiums soaring for millions are also still there.
The good stuff is: new money for the opioid crisis, some for patients at especially high risk, and some additional aid for insurers.
[But] The bill would effectively gut protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions [by circumventing] The A.C.A’s minimum standards. The new Senate bill allows offering skimpy plans that cover very little, with very high deductibles that would make them useless to most people.
The effects of this change would be disastrous. AHIP, the insurance industry trade group, warned against adopting the Cruz [skimpy plans] proposal, which would:
[a]“fracture and segment insurance markets into separate risk pools,”
leading to “unstable health insurance markets” in which
[c] people with pre-existing conditions would lose coverage or have plans that were “far more expensive” than under Obamacare.
[So] his bill would send insurance markets into a classic death spiral."
 
 
+4 # RicKelis 2017-07-15 14:42
FYI- abstract of the Krugman article "The Cruelty and Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill” article, Pt.1:

Paul Krugman: “Mitch McConnell’s latest version of health “reform,”— “beautiful” is hardly the word for it — is surpassingly ugly, intellectually and morally. Previous Trumpcare [versions] were terrible, but this one is, even worse.
[There’s] one piece of the new bill that may sound like a step in the right direction, [but] it’s largely a scam.
The original Senate bill got bad press for slashing Medicaid while offering big tax cuts for the rich. So this version rolls back some though by no means all of those tax cuts — a concession to moderates.
[But] the bill would allow people to use tax-favored health savings accounts to pay insurance premiums, creating a big new tax shelter [for] people who can afford to put a lot of money into such accounts and [while] getting big tax savings.
So this is still a bill that takes from the poor to give to the rich; it just does so with extra stealth.
 
 
+3 # RicKelis 2017-07-15 14:43
FYI- abstract of the Krugman article "The Cruelty and Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill” article, Pt.2:

“Obamacare is stabilizing, and doing well in states that support it. But this bill would effectively sabotage all the progress.
The victims of this sabotage would be members of the white working class, people who voted for Trump, believing that he really meant it when he promised no cuts to Medicaid and better, cheaper insurance.
So why are Republican leaders pushing this [to] become law?
[Well] f this bill passes, a big decline in the number of Americans with health insurance [would occur, with] a sharp reduction in the quality of coverage for those who keep it. [That] is what Republicans have wanted all along.
During the eight-year jihad against the Affordable Care Act, conservative ideology always denied the proposition that people are entitled to health care; the Republican elite still considers people on Medicaid “takers” who are stealing from the rich.
And the conservative view has always been that Americans have health insurance that is too good, that they should pay more in deductibles and co-pays, giving them “skin in the game,” and thus an incentive to control costs.
So [this] is supposed to be the last act in a long con, the moment when the fraudsters cash in, and their victims discover how completely they’ve been fooled. [Will] they get away with it? We’ll find out very soon.”
 
 
-1 # Depressionborn 2017-07-16 04:47
many reports of ACA failure, even the oboma administration. so what gives?
American families have grappled with skyrocketing health insurance costs and limited health insurance choices. They can expect for these problems to worsen dramatically over the next year, the Obama administration revealed Monday.
The “Affordable” Care Act has drastically failed to deliver on its promises of cost-effective insurance, and the Obama administration conceded on Monday that pre-subsidy premiums will skyrocket by an average of 25 percent nationwide.

American families will feel the pain. After polling 20,000 consumers, Morning Consult reported in September that the top budget concern for Americans was the rising cost of health-insuranc e premiums. Likewise, an eHealth Survey found that the top priority for 54 percent of American families was a low-cost insurance premium.

Monday’s announcement also showed just how tough it will be to persuade millennials to buy insurance and pay into the common pot.
 
 
+6 # MikeAF48 2017-07-15 18:11
Start packing Mitch you day in the sun is over, and don't let the door knob hit ya on your way out.
 
 
0 # politicfix 2017-07-18 07:05
From your lips to God's ears and the thousands of Christians who shouldn't believe the words of the GOP but believe they're actions, which are unscrupulous to millions of American families.
 
 
0 # MikeAF48 2017-07-17 19:09
Mitch go back to President Barack Obama's ACA plan and work on it I am sorry from trumps words this is very very hard to do. We won't call you a loser. Sorry trump is the loser, but its ok.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2017-07-17 20:24
Republicans are beyond wretched as they have raised selfishness to an art form. Greed should be the everlasting symbol of their innate and overwhelming love of money and power. May they receive just punishment for the elevation of their egos above all other human values. Maybe, the fracas over the Affordable Care Act will begin the process of their decline. Sure hope so.
 

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