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The GOP’s Big Obamacare Replacement Won’t Actually Be Written Down

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The taskforce created by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to come up with a replacement for Obamacare says they're within sight of a replacement except not at all.

Their replacement, if you could call it that, literally will not be written. It will only exist in theory.

The plan will not be put into legislative text, however, meaning it will be less specific and the cost and effect on coverage levels will be harder to assess. Instead, the plan will be a “white paper,” according to Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).

The proposal will include a version of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) long-standing proposal to make Medicare more market-based, giving seniors a kind of voucher to use for private insurance, according to two Republican lawmakers who attended the meeting.

The only thing we know for sure is that Paul Ryan's plan to convert Medicare into a glorified coupon system will be a big feature.

I can hardly contain my surprise.

I expect the plan, which will only be roughly outlined, will also undoubtedly include Ryan's proposal to convert Medicaid into a block grant system. Speaker Ryan also recently said his "replacement" will cover people with preexisting conditions by creating high risk pools, a failed idea straight out of the 1970s.

I was going to say the Republican party is a 'bad joke,' but that may not be fair. I can't stop laughing at the idea that their replacement won't actually be written.

  • muselet

    House Republicans huddled behind closed doors on Thursday to discuss their plan to replace ObamaCare, which they said is on track to be released in June.

    I can hardly wait. I wonder if they’ll manage to make this arbitrary, self-imposed deadline, unlike every previous deadline the Rs have announced.

    “It’s turning out to be more encompassing than what we expected,” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said after the meeting.

    That’s not nearly as comforting as Representative Fleming seems to think.

    The only thing that’s new this time is the magic asterisks won’t be committed to paper, which is probably a good thing. Enough forests have already died in service of R stupidity on healthcare.


    • chris ellis

      Boy, this Healthcare stuff is tough, I tell ya!

  • David Greenberg

    Read some Paul Krugman comments about Ryan. The fact that he is considered by the gop to be one of their brightest minds and a policy wonk is a testament to the sad shape of their party. Krugman who is acknowledged to be a world class economist exposes Ryan for the complete fraud he is. His ideas are a complete con on the American public. He and Trump would be incredibly dangerous together.

  • Nefercat

    Well, since they don’t give a good goddamn about doing their jobs anyway, this makes perfect sense. Also, their base is illiterate and doesn’t seem to care about the law of the land or other things that *are* in writing, like the constitution, so hey, why bother.

    It frees up their time for making up imaginary crises (and the laws to fix them!) like the scourge of hordes of transgender women raping and pillaging through restrooms across the country.

  • Think of all the money they’ll save on paper! This is genius. They will undoubtedly solve the deficit with this stunning master stroke.

  • Badgerite

    Medicare recipients are ensure. That is not the problem with health insurance. The problem in health care is the uninsured. Paul Ryan seems confused. Except, of course, that the long term purpose of the GOP is to see that everyone is uninsured, including the elderly. Medicare was enacted for a reason. The reason is that seniors tend to get sick more than the rest of the population and there is not a lot of money to be made in providing them with health insurance. Which is why Medicare was enacted.

  • chris ellis

    Harder to attack if they won’t say what they’re proposing…how convienent.