Healthcare

Trumpcare Might Be Worse Than Simple Repeal

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Repealing Obamacare would mean eliminating provisions like coverage for adult children and coverage requirements for pre-existing conditions but, in terms of raw coverage numbers, Trumpcare could be worse than simply repealing Obamacare.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that Trumpcare would lead to at least 24 million people losing their coverage, but a previous CBO score estimated that 23 million would lose their coverage under repeal.

From the New York Times:

The Republican bill would actually result in more people being uninsured than if Obamacare were simply repealed. Getting rid of the major coverage provisions and regulations of Obamacare would cost 23 million Americans their health insurance, according to another recent C.B.O. report. In other words, 1 million more Americans would have health insurance with a clean repeal than with the Republican replacement plan, according to C.B.O. estimates.

If this fortifies anyone's rhetorical position, I'd guess it would help the Freedom Caucus. A simple repeal of Obamacare is what they're asking for and, as it turns out, that might be better than Paul Ryan's bill.

Republicans can only afford to lose 21 votes.

  • Badgerite

    BTW, what is with that face he’s making?

  • muselet

    The Republican bill would actually result in more people being uninsured than if Obamacare were simply repealed.

    And Paul Ryan is diamond-hard because of it. (Apologies for the mental image.)

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      Ewwww. Brain bleach — STAT!

  • Scopedog

    Speaking of Paul Ryan…just read this on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/TerencePlumb/status/844378471082180609

    Gotta admit–I laughed out loud. Which is nice considering I had a pretty shitty day today.

    • Badgerite

      Any pretense that Ryan had of having a shred of principle anywhere in his body is pretty much toast at this point.