John Oliver: 6 Reasons Obamacare's Replacement Is 'Like a Thong'

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 27, 2017

The pressure of keeping those who obtained insurance because of the Affordable Care Act covered continues to build after state governors gathered for their annual meeting this weekend received a sobering report on the impact of repealing the 2010 healthcare reform law.

While acknowledging its problems (unreliable website, massive deductibles), Oliver went through all the positives: "It made it illegal to deny people coverage because of pre-existing conditions", he said. Because we can blame that on the dems that are in our room and we can blame that on the democrats and President Obama.

Why? Individuals and families with higher incomes are in higher tax brackets and therefore save more on their taxes when they contribute to an HSA. President Trump, he said, won't let people die in the streets and will protect Medicare and Social Security from those heartless Paul Ryan types who are forever salivating at the chance to slash them to ribbons. The actual details of his health-care plan were fuzzy and usually ignored, but to the extent they existed at all, they consisted mainly of warmed-over conservative platitudes that would mostly resemble the old, pre-Obamacare system and do little or nothing to cover the uninsurable.

"It's an unbelievably complex subject", Trump said at a meeting of the country's GOP governors in Washington, D.C., according to Newsday. "It's a disaster, folks". And the strategy right now, as we roll on towards March, is to put a bill on the floor and basically dare Republican critics to vote no. "So you have to remember that". On the other hand, they report, numerous Trump advisers are concerned about the political fallout of blowing up the health-care system. Democrats will scream bloody murder about the fact that this policy directs federal resources away from the poor and towards the rich. Republicans will balk at the new tax scheme that finances the policy.

Republicans have never had anything, which makes it likely that they are going to replace the ACA with nothing.

The president previewed his speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress in his remarks to the governors, saying he would lower taxes, increase defense spending, drive down crime and improve infrastructure. A study into Ryan's previous block grant proposal suggested that as many as 20.5 million people could lose coverage. Regulations in the Affordable Care Act that require health plans to cover maternity care, to cover at least one drug in every drug class and to cover behavioral health, for instance, could be dropped.

A GOP proposal to repeal and reform parts of Obamacare could cut federal funding to state health care programs between 65 and 80 percent, according to one analysis.

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