For almost five years, the Republicans have vowed to repeal Obamacare and cast it and all of its remnants onto the ash heap of history. They think they see a glimmer of a chance if the Supreme Court decides that indeed the Moops did invade Spain and the typo in the law strips away federal subsidies for states that do not set up healthcare exchanges on their own.
If that happens, then what? Why of course the GOP would step up and unveil their totally different and much better plan for insuring Americans have health insurance.
Oh joy oh rapture, but what’s in it? Paul Waldman sums it up.
What’s really remarkable about this plan is that for all the claims we’ll hear about how it undoes the tyrannical horror of Obamacare, the Republicans’ version of health care reform has accepted most of the fundamental goals and regulatory paths of the law they so deeply despise. This plan — authored by Senators Richard Burr and Orrin Hatch and Rep. Fred Upton — is little more than Obamacare Lite. Though the devil is in the details — and there are some devilish ones — this tells us that Barack Obama has for all intents and purposes won the health care argument, at least as far as it concerns government’s role in health care.
Again and again in the Republican plan, what they do is take a provision or principle in the Affordable Care Act and essentially say, “We want to do that too, we’ll just do it a little less generously.”
And, by the way, there’s no guarantee that Congress would even pass this piece of garbage. There are enough right-wing nutjobs who think that illness is God’s will and the government should not help anyone.