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CBO Will Not Whitewash HealthCare Replacement

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 12/20/16 18:49

by Dave Mindeman

I don't know how much of this is going to be paid attention to; after all, the Republicans can pretty much bury anything they want to now, but the Congressional Budget Office has taken a stand on the Obamacare repeal:

The CBO adds a new wrinkle to the debate, by making clear that lawmakers won't be able to claim that they will protect the millions of people that stand to lose insurance with an Obamacare repeal if the coverage that comes with their ACA replacement is significantly less generous or wide-ranging.

The CBO is going to compare coverages and tell us when the replacement coverage does not meet the same standard.

This is important - because the Republican Congress is counting on simple catastrophic insurance coverage to count as actual coverage. They do not have any kind of plan that can give the same guarantees without higher costs.

I am making some assumptions about where this is going, because I doubt that the GOP Congress can repeal the ACA fully. There are several provisions that are much too popular and frankly, are expected to continue. The guarantee of coverage for a pre-existing condition and staying on parents insurance to age 26 ...are the most prominent.

But as other things disappear from the way it was before, there will be more and more rumblings about what is going on.

You see, there are a lot of people who can no longer figure out what the difference will be between having Obamacare and not having it. There are a number of assumptions already ingrained into people's heads about what they expect. The demonizing of the ACA will run into a problem when the law is gone, because the good parts will now be absent.

And the Republicans are somewhat fearful of this. They plan to repeal the law and then keep everything in place for a period of time - maybe 2 to 4 years (which will give them enough time to prepare a soothing message for new elections). But, as yet, the GOP is not even close to a consensus as to what to actually do about replacement.

This is such blatant hypocrisy that my blood boils. The Republicans refused to cooperate on anything involving health care. They only look for details they could criticize and without offering any kind of solution.

Well, the CBO reports will be interesting to watch. There will be a distinct difference to what the Republicans say will happen with there changes and what the data reveals as reality via the CBO analysts.
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