Sticking with a grand Republican tradition of style over substance, Republicans unveiled the name of the bill that they hope will dismantle the Affordable Care Act and it is laughably Trumpian: World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017.
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— dan sinker (@dansinker) March 8, 2017
The only problem with that pretty bold claim: It’s not the greatest healthcare plan of this year or otherwise. It didn’t even get the approval of the Republican Party, whose leadership decided to chose an alternate plan, which they named the slightly less preposterous “American Health Care Act.” Unfortunately, that plan is equally bad in substance. Doctors, hospitals and healthcare groups are already condemning the new plan as unethical, irresponsible and costly.
AARP slammed it, citing its clear assault on senior citizens.
AARP opposes this legislation, as introduced, that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a voucher program that shifts costs and risks to seniors.
The American Medical Association, along with many other hospital groups, said it was atrocious.
All of the major hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association, also came out against the bill. “We are very concerned that the draft legislative proposal being considered by the House committees could lead to tremendous instability for those seeking affordable coverage,” the hospitals said in a letter to Congress.
And even some Republicans are saying its terrible.
So without a shred of credibility, it seems as though the Republican Party is hoping a good name will fool the American people. So far, it does not seem to be working as voters continue to protest the efforts to repeal their health insurance and Republican leaders seem frantic and blundering when trying to describe why this healthcare bill is better than the one millions of Americans already have.
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