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5 Consequences Of The GOP’s Bill To Repeal "Obamacare"

ProudProgressive 2012/07/06 19:11:25

One thing that Congressional Republicans truly love to do is to waste as much of the nation's time as they can on a variety of "crusades" that they know from the start are doomed to failure. One would have thought they'd have learned from the humiliation the Republicans suffered when they tried to impeach one of the most successful Presidents in the last century over his private, consensual conduct which broke no laws. They knew from the start that they would never have the votes to remove President Clinton, but they somehow thought that this national waste of time would do them some good. Few can forget the pornographic novel the "Special Persecutor" Ken Starr subjected the nation to, and few also ever will forget that President Clinton's approval rating rose about ten points during the farce.

Most recently, the Republicans wasted everyone's time with a frivolous and farcical contempt vote against Eric Holder which has once again blown up in their faces, and was so ridiculous that John Boehner made sure to schedule the vote for the time he knew would have the least possible media coverage.

Next up, a sham vote to "repeal Obamacare" now that the Supreme Court has confirmed that the act is indeed constitutional. The American people WANT the protections that the Act provides. They poll about even on the question of "Obamacare", but when asked about the provisions in the Act without President Obama's name attached, a majority of REPUBLICANS support them. And their latest Presidential nominee can't decide whether he supports or opposes it.

My guess is that after this embarrassment they're going to introduce a bill to stop the Earth from spinning on its axis. After all, that has about as much chance of passing as their other childish games.

Article excerpt follows:

5 Consequences Of The GOP’s Bill To Repeal Obamacare
By Igor Volsky
July 6, 2012

The economy may be struggling to create enough jobs to keep up with population growth, but Republicans are busy drafting legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act — a law which the Supreme Court upheld last week and has already extended coverage for thousands of uninsured Americans.

On Monday, the GOP will convene an “emergency” meeting in the Rules Committee so they could hold a vote on The “Repeal of Obamacare Act” as early as Wednesday July, 11. The seven page messaging bill compiles the best Republican talking points against the law since it passed in 2010, but offers only the smallest hint of how the party plans to extend coverage to the millions who would lose it. “The path to patient-centered care and lower costs for all Americans must begin with a full repeal of the law,” the bill says on page six.

This free market mantra may resonate with the GOP base, but it does nothing to improve the economy or solve the health care crisis. Below are 5 consequences of the GOP’s repeal legislation:

1) Millions without coverage. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the GOP’s repeal measure from 2011 found that “32 million fewer nonelderly people would have health insurance in 2019, leaving a total of about 54 million nonelderly people uninsured. The share of legal nonelderly residents with insurance coverage in 2019 would be about 83 percent, compared with a projected share of 94 percent under current law (and 83 percent currently).”

2) Health insurance costs increase. The same analysis concluded that “many people would end up paying more for health insurance— because under current law, the majority of enrollees purchasing coverage in that market would receive subsidies via the insurance exchanges, and [repeal] would eliminate those subsidies.” What’s more, “Premiums for employment-based coverage obtained through large employers would be slightly higher.”

3) Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose access to coverage. Republicans have said that they would not replace the Affordable Care Act’s federal rules prohibiting insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. Instead, they would encourage states to form expensive high-risk pools to cover the sick or, alternatively, leave them to find their own coverage in the individual market — where many will likely go uninsured.

4) Medicare in disarray. Approximately 100 million Medicare claims are processed each month using a formula that was altered by the Affordable Care Act. Should the law be repealed, new rates could not be calculated under the old, pre-ACA formula until after a rulemaking process that can take months before is completed. The result would be that Medicare would not be able to pay doctors for what could be many months.

5) Deficits increase by billions. The CBO predicts that “as a result of changes in direct spending and revenues is likely to be an increase in the vicinity of $230 billion.” Repeal would also “increase federal deficits in the decade after 2019 by an amount that is in a broad range around one-half percent of GDP.”


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  • Samantha 2012/07/06 19:17:56
    Samantha
    +10
    The GOP doesn't care about the millions of Americans without health care coverage, they have no compassion for those with pre-existing conditions, they hate Medicare and they don't truly care about the deficit. However, they do support further enriching greedy health insurance companies.

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  • bmacklowe 2012/07/07 01:21:13 (edited)
    bmacklowe
    Your premise is all wrong! First of all, read the book "Catching Our Flag" by former Congressman James Rogan, about the behind-the-scenes events of the Clinton impeachment. It explains in detail what that was all about, and it was not about a sex act. Anyway, the law is a huge tax and Obama is scared that people know it now. He's trying every which way now to say it's not a tax, but of course that would invalidate the law. This vote is symbolic now, but if the senate goes to Republicans this fall, all they have to do is send it over for passage. The House has also passed two budgets while the Democrat-controlled senate has not passed one in 3 years. Who's more productive? Hmm.
  • JessyBear 2012/07/07 01:12:12
    JessyBear
    What a load of crap - Obama Care the Tax is going to strip the Middle Class of Health Care as more and more companies opt out - leaving the Middle Class with Government run - rationed health care. Thank you Obama - for screwing the Middle Class - But hell what does he care he feasts on Lobster and taxe Million dollar vaction while he screws us all
  • jdemme 2012/07/07 00:34:35
    jdemme
    Too bad conservatives do not believe you...
  • Cal 2012/07/07 00:31:47 (edited)
    Cal
    its a tax


    Apparently Liberals LOVE taxes if they're desperate enough to defend a bill that is now un-defendable and made so by the SUPREME COURT.
  • JessyBear Cal 2012/07/07 01:19:35
    JessyBear
    +1
    Obama's Lawyers argued it as a tax and now Obama said the court got it wrong - It's a tax and that's all there is to it - and the Middle Class will be hardest hit.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/06 23:57:17
    jackolantyrn356
    Remember thew repeal is only bad to Democrats and they're the only ones to be biotching about this
  • LesWaggoner BN 1 2012/07/06 22:59:56
    LesWaggoner BN 1
    +1
    The conservatives seem to unaware that it is costing $1 trillion a year now in excess health care premiums and federal, state and local taxes to cover the uninsured. No matter how you cut it Obamacare is going to save much more than it costs those of us who are insured.
  • voice_matters 2012/07/06 21:29:04
    voice_matters
    lets go oer your 5 points-
    1- cbo deal with facts and the facts show that obamacare costs triple of what you libs claimed
    2-nothing in obamacare lowers health insurance costs
    3-insuraance companies determine how to deal wit those with pre-existing condidtions.
    4-medicare is not part of obamacare
    5-cbo already said that obamacare will cost triple of what you libs claimed
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/07/06 21:28:01
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    GREAT read!
  • Rebel Yell 2012/07/06 21:05:24
    Rebel Yell
    +2
    It won't be repealed. My guess they don't want to mess with it because then they would actually have to replace it. So far, they have two ideas. Tort reform and trans state passage carry. Fine and good. But other than that , they have nothing. Nada, Zip, Zero.

    Willard keeps going into his faux fits about it, but all he will say when pressed is he will retain some sections of Obamacare. Well, hell yes, dimwit. You are the godfather of Obamacare. I imagine you love the entire plan you brought to life, the plan you thought would be great for the entire nation( speech in 2007).

    Axelrod referred to Willard's 'secretive campaign'. True, he never says much but "Obama blah,blah, blah". The reason for that is fairly obvious. Willard want to beef up the military even more and keep those loopholes for his wealthy pals. He refuses to say what he will cut to pay for those billions, but you can be sure he would take an axe to Medicare and SS. Republicans have been trying to rid of both for years. It looks like the Republicans are the ones who would actually make those death panels a reality. Nothing would bring them greater joy.
  • ed 2012/07/06 20:09:03
    ed
    those that want it go for it.Me I can do without it.
  • say what? 2012/07/06 19:50:55
    say what?
    We need obamacare to help finish off this nation so the U.N. can take it over and save the world from capitalist and consumers of natural resources.
  • The Electrician 2012/07/06 19:33:32 (edited)
    The Electrician
    +6
    It's never going to be repealed, once it "kicks in" they'll play hell trying to get it repealed. They said the same thing about most of the "New Deal" programs, Social Security, Medicare, Roe v. Wade and anything else their feeble minds could come up with, if it didn't agree with the Conservative Agenda, all the way back to Teddy Roosevelt.
  • Lady Wh... The Ele... 2012/07/06 21:28:34
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    WELL SAID!!!!
  • Samantha 2012/07/06 19:17:56
    Samantha
    +10
    The GOP doesn't care about the millions of Americans without health care coverage, they have no compassion for those with pre-existing conditions, they hate Medicare and they don't truly care about the deficit. However, they do support further enriching greedy health insurance companies.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/07/06 19:14:15
    HarleyCharley
    +1
    we need the death panels to dispose of the old and sick...

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