McCarthy Says Kicking Millions Off Coverage Will… Increase Coverage

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's not clear what unknown property of physics House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has glimpsed that would lead him to say something this absurd.

According to McCarthy, kicking millions of people off their health insurance by repealing Obamacare will actually increase the number of people with insurance. Or something.

“We believe with more people into the market, you get greater choice and that the demand is higher,” he said. “You allow those that can’t afford it to enter the same market where they have more options, that the price will go down.”

People may have "more options" if those options include plans that cover basically nothing, as was the case before the Affordable Care Act was created, but the idea that demand will be higher or that more people will enter the market is absurd.

Repealing Obamacare does not only have implications for the individual insurance market where subsidies make health insurance affordable for people who couldn't afford it before. Repealing Obamacare also means rolling back the expansion of Medicaid that has afforded healthcare to millions of people who had no access to healthcare at all before. For many of the people who are covered by Medicaid expansion, there is no market.

Repealing the expansion of Medicaid will not only shrink the market, it will actually eliminate the market entirely in some corners of the country. If not for the expansion of Medicaid, rural and regional hospitals would still be closing at the same pace they were closing at before the Affordable Care Act was passed. Rolling back the expansion of Medicaid means killing jobs and business in the healthcare industry in addition to killing people.

There is absolutely no way the number of people with coverage will increase after repealing Obamacare unless their replacement is literally single-payer. And we all know that's not going to happen.

The only way Republicans can do all the things they say they want to do, like eliminating pre-existing conditions and cover more people, is by keeping Obamacare in place.

Asked how Republicans could be confident premiums wouldn’t skyrocket if they repealed the 2010 Affordable Care Act, McCarthy told reporters it came down to a “philosophical difference of belief.

We're all fucked.

  • Christopher Foxx

    McCarthy told reporters it came down to a “philosophical difference of belief.”

    In other words, he doesn’t even try to come up with any actual fact or evidence to support his view. It doesn’t even OCCUR to him to do so.

    The only thing he, like all of his conservative brethren, believe they need is “I want to believe this is true, therefore it IS true.”

    The Republicans are truly the party of 3-year-olds.

  • muselet

    Asked how Republicans could be confident premiums wouldn’t skyrocket if they repealed the 2010 Affordable Care Act, McCarthy told reporters it came down to a “philosophical difference of belief.”

    “Tinkerbell is going to die because not enough people believe in fairies. But if all of you clap your hands real hard to show that you do believe in fairies, maybe she won’t die.”

    Add a couple of magic asterisks and you have the R approach to health insurance.


    • ninjaf

      And everything else.

      Remember: Conservatism never fails; you only ever fail Conservatism by not believing hard enough.

      • muselet

        Once again


        • ninjaf

          Doesn’t sound at all like a cult.

          At. All.

          It also doesn’t require you to have any critical thought or personal growth.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    This is very similar to the charter school argument. Conservatives believe that if you take money away from poorly performing public schools and give it to charter schools that will somehow make the public schools better. There is so much stupid in this “theory” that I have to stop thinking about it or I might start downing my whiskey with crushed glass just so I have something else to feel.

    • ninjaf

      And is also consistent with their “tax cuts on the wealthy increase tax revenues” line of bullshit.

  • Scopedog

    Up is down.

    War is peace.

    Freedom is slavery.

    The GOP crossed the Rubicon when it came to actual facts years ago, and there is no turning back. And Kevin McCarthy is a fucking idiot.

    • David Greenberg

      Once again you are being unfair to fucking idiots. But he does look a little like Romney.