David Anderson at Balloon Juice reviews the GOP’s latest version of their attempt to kill off the poor people.
The biggest and only important news is that there is fundamentally nothing different with Medicaid. It is still being destroyed. It won’t be destroyed as quickly in Louisiana in this version as it would have in the previous versions, but Medicaid will see a 25% reduction in federal funding by 2025 and 35% reduction in annual federal funding by 2036.
Everything else is a detail. There is an Alaska pay-off for more state stabilization funds. There is a provision for Florida.
There is the Cruz amendment.
Regarding the Cruz amendment, I just can’t deal with it. It is not exasperation, it is an incomprehension as to how this amendment actually works on any level without a fractured market. Maybe that is the entire point of the amendment.
The Cruz amendment would offer a bare-bones insurance plan with basically nothing to it as long as their was a plan available that had all the provisions of Obamacare: your choice. It’s like going in to buy a car and being given the choice of a new convertible or a pair of roller skates. Hey, they both have wheels and you’ll feel the wind in your hair, but best of all, freedom to choose!
This bill has as much chance of passing as the last one, so the only reason they’re trotting it out is so they can say they did and blame the Democrats for obstruction.