Phony Republicans and health care


What saddens and angers me most about the recent (and endless) "health-care" debate is how very little it has to do with either "health" or "care". As much as Republicans in Congress would like to move on to other things, the issue isn't going anywhere.

It represents a continuation of the GOP's capitulation to the minority party, which began before Trump was elected, and a victory for Democrats, who hooked Americans on health insurance subsidies - an addiction they can no longer break. Provider networks are still shrinking.

But if that happens now, the Democratic attorneys general will take over defending the payments.

But McPeak indicated that all efforts to insulate insurers from monitoring Trump's tweets to determine policy would be a step in the right direction. "Watch!" said President Donald Trump on Twitter after the legislation known as the "skinny repeal" bill failed to pass in a 49-51 vote. They claimed their states' interests would be harmed if the subsidy payments stopped because many insurers would exit the individual insurance market, premiums would rise and many state residents would be left uninsured, with the state and local governments facing heavy costs in paying for medical care for the newly uninsured people. They can force the president to act - most dramatically, through the threat of, or voting on, articles of impeachment for undermining the constitutional order - or take the CSRs out of the president's hands and pass a law to make the payments automatic.

With the issue unresolved, the Trump administration has been paying insurers each month, as the Obama administration had done previously. Democrats and the insurance industry warn that this will cause another spike in premiums.

That means 39,340 people in Los Angeles County, 19,490 in Orange County and 4,340 in San Diego County will be forced to find other options during open enrollment this fall.

The failure of the U.S. Senate's proposed plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act leaves the program intact. "I think we are still stuck on the first prong". He thus gave Congress a way to keep having taxpayers pay for the lion's share of its insurance. And according to Levitt's calculations, that would end up costing the government about $2.3 billion more than if they had paid the insurers at the outset.

Some Republicans also are pushing the administration to keep the subsidies.

Cynthia Cox, a health policy expert with the Kaiser Family Foundation, said that's likely too late to affect next year's insurance rates. Obamacare depends on these people to buy overpriced plans that they don't need in order to subsidize older and sicker people. And, the Trump administration could go even further and dramatically reduce enforcement of the unpopular individual mandate. But a future president may be more popular and more skilled at legislative deal-making than this one, and might therefore be able to use such leverage more effectively. House Republicans had opposed the states' participation, but the court said the group had "demonstrated the appropriateness of their intervention in this case".

For working families who are struggling to make ends meet in a changing economy, forcing them to pay for health care they can barely afford and then raising the rates seems terribly obtuse.

Now the other phony, Senator John McCain.

Over the weekend, he upped the political ante by taking aim at a new target: health coverage for members of Congress and some of their staffers.

This can not be done if the primary objective behind every new version of "Affordable Care" starts with the assumption that the corporations running the health care industry will first and foremost be allowed to keep on making millions from their captive market - and only after that mandate is served will we begin to dole out some actual benefits to the public.