The Obamacare Replacement is Coming, GOP Leaders Swear

Although they haven't actually begun putting pen to paper, a group of House Republicans swear their replacement for Obamacare should arrive within a month.

Republican leaders were unable to deliver an alternative over the past six years but the group's leader says they just need a little more time.

"Give us a little time, another month or so," House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told reporters this week. "I think we’ll be pretty close to a Republican alternative." [...]

For now, the group is still in "listening mode," Upton said. When asked who they are listening to, Upton said: "You name it – the world."

I assume "the world" does not include the tens of millions of people who gained coverage thanks to Obamacare and certainly not the millions covered under Medicaid expansion.

This group's mission, which they chose to accept, was given to them by Impossible Missions Force director Paul Ryan. They haven't been tasked with stealing precious information from an underwater bunker protected by lasers, but their mission is no less challenging. They must craft an alternative healthcare plan that somehow reduces costs and increases coverage beyond that of Obamacare.

All the best ideas conservatives had for doing that in the past were actually incorporated into Obamacare before they started calling it "Obamacare;" before they turned against their own ideas.

Given that Speaker Paul Ryan tasked them with this mission, we can safely assume it will not expand coverage. Ryan has spent the past six years attempting to repeal Obamacare, turn Medicaid into a block-grant system, and turn Medicare into a glorified coupon program. Ryan's latest budget that House Republicans failed to affirm last week includes a repeal of Obamacare and trillions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid.

Ryan says he will present his own policy platform including a replacement for Obamacare ahead of the GOP convention, but the group he tasked with creating a plan is still in "listening mode." They haven't written a word.

  • Aynwrong

    Ten bucks says Ryan’s plan is just passages from Atlas Shrugged copy and pasted from his Facebook page.

    • muselet

      That there’s what I believe is known as a “sucker bet.”


    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Atlas Shrugged, in its entirety, written entirely with letters cut out of magazines and glued onto colorful construction paper.

  • muselet

    Even now, the healthcare reform task force is not expected to produce an actual bill to replace the law, Ryan’s office said Friday.

    “[Legislative] text is not necessary to show exactly what you’re going to do,” spokeswoman AshLee Strong said. “The point is not to have a vote on the floor and have it go nowhere.”</blockquote

    It's not necessary to specify what you're going to do in order to specify what you're going to do. Gotcha.

    The challenge for 2016 is providing enough details for a GOP presidential candidate to use if he chooses, but not enough to corner him.

    Cat. Bag. Out.


    My fearless prediction: the Oh No We Need A Healthcare Plan In A Hurry! Task Force wil produce a document indistinguishable from every other R campaign statement on the subject (the R plan will be better than the ACA in every way, won’t include any of the stuff Righties find icky, won’t cost a single taxpayer a single dime and won’t cover no damn’ illegals!).


    • Aynwrong

      “The point is not to have a vote on the floor and have it go nowhere.”

      So, how many time did the GOP hold a vote to dismantle, de-fund, replace or otherwise do away with the ACA?

      • muselet

        Shhh! You’re not supposed to talk about that!