Friday, June 16, 2017


You don't know what it is and you can't assume even the authors do.
With the [GOP healthcare] bill’s text still not released for public view, Vox asked GOP senators to explain their hopes for it. Who will benefit from the legislation? What problems is this bill trying to solve?

John McCain's answer to that last part: "All of them."
Sometimes a senator could identify a desired outcome, like “lowering premiums” or “stabilizing marketplaces.” But they rarely could explain the mechanism through which they planned on achieving that outcome.

How will Republicans lower premiums? “It’s working together and coming up with a bill that does do that,” Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas said. What tool will bring stability to Obamacare’s volatile exchanges? “By bringing certainty to the insurance market,” Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said. What new policy will lead tax cuts to lower premiums? “It’s teetering because the exchanges are failing,” Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi explained.
They're either clueless or they don't want anyone to know what they're really planning on putting up. Or both, I suppose. According to the interviewed, there actually isn't even anything written yet. Perhaps that's why the text hasn't been revealed.

Read all the actual answers here. Mind boggling.

Poor Lisa Murkowski.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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