Healthcare

Republicans Object to Another Element of the Fantasy Obamacare Replacement

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Last week, members of the Freedom Caucus expressed sharp opposition to House Republican leadership's plan to provide refundable tax credits for people who purchase insurance.

That's such a bad idea the left and right could unite against it, but there's another major source of contention in their plans that could unite several factions against it.

Speaker Paul Ryan's plan calls for taxing employer-based healthcare which, obviously, would affect legions of people.

Objections also are being raised against a proposal to open up some employer-sponsored health insurance plans to taxation. Some Republicans worry that proposal is essentially a new version of ObamaCare’s much-reviled “Cadillac tax."

House committees hope to start considering repeal and replace legislation in early March, but the objections highlight that as specifics come out, opposition can intensify.

Ah, yes, the specifics.

The Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- barely touched employer-based healthcare for good reason. The vast majority of people depend on it and making it more expensive in the way Paul Ryan intends to risks igniting a firestorm of anger.

To be clear, a tax on employer-based healthcare would make up for their plans to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires who purchase extremely high-value insurance plans. This would be Paul Ryan's replacement for the so-called "Cadillac tax," except this tax could fall on average working people. The net effect would be to shift the burden of paying for things like pre-existing conditions from the wealthy to the middle-class.

This is just another redistribution of wealth, but in the opposite direction of Obamacare. The mechanisms that currently fund Obamacare would be redirected to fleece people who can't really afford it.

Paul Ryan is a lizard in a human suit.

  • Badgerite

    I think that is an insult to the lizard species. At least they are vertebrates.
    I believe Paul Ryan is now officially listed as a prime example of an invertebrate.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    remind me again why nonmillionaires or billionaires vote for the GOP?

    • Lol teh stoopid

      • ninjaf

        And teh gays. And teh blah people.

  • Aynwrong

    “This is just another redistribution of wealth…

    Every time I see or hear the phrase redistribution of wealth, I immediately hear it in Sarah Palin’s screechy twang. I think mostly because she said it as though she had memorized it and had no actual clue as to it’s meaning.

    It also represents perfectly every tax plan Eddie Munster Paul Ryan and the GOP are going to propose. Redistribution. Upward.

    • ninjaf

      Yes, there is no tax burden to big nor too small to be shifted from the wealthy to the middle class in his mind.

  • muselet

    On the bright side, as long as the hard-Right and extreme-Right factions in Congress are at loggerheads, nothing will happen.

    Apart from increasing uncertainty, bordering on chaos, in the health insurance industry, that is.

    And the notion that specifics about the Rs’ super-wonderful, always-mere-weeks-away replacement for the ACA will come to light at any time in the foreseeable future is risible.

    Egads, these are awful people.

    –alopecia