March 14, 2017

Trump Loyalists Sound Alarm Over ‘RyanCare,’ Endangering Health Bill

Robert Costa and Philip Rucker - The Washington Post:

Trump’s allies worry that he is jeopardizing his presidency by promoting the bill spearheaded by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), arguing that it would fracture Trump’s coalition of working- and middle-class voters, many of them older and subsisting on federal aid.

Vice President Pence and administration officials scrambled Tuesday to salvage the plan amid widespread dissatisfaction in both the Senate and House over the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 24 million fewer people would be insured in a decade under the Ryan proposal, titled the American Health Care Act.

Mr. Trump endangered his presidency long before he took the oath of office. His Russian contacts didn’t end with Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.

The GOP is the dog that caught the car, and has no idea what to do with it. For seven years they ranted about and tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now that they have the political authority to do it the best they can come up with serves, at minimum, those at least comfortably wealthy. The people in need of these health insurance policies get the short end of the stick.

It’d be a comedy if they weren’t literally playing with people’s lives.

#ACA #AHCA #CBO #RyanCare #Trump #GOP #Republicans

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