Thus far the GOP led Senate has failed to make any real changes to the Obamacare law that has devastated our healthcare marketplace, driven medical professionals out of work, forced the cost of healthcare premiums to skyrocket, and just generally created havoc for most of America.
While the pundits worried that it would be the conservatives wrecking the repeal process, what we’ve learned from the last few months is that it is the moderates who are the real “hardline” “zealots.”
The moderate Republicans have refused to budge on their demands and have decided that destroying healthcare for most Americans is worth it if they can keep the extra Medicaid dollars that Obamacare gives to their states.
(“Gives” is a misnomer – they take the money from hard working Americans and then redistribute that money to other people. It’s legalized theft.)
Because of the moderates the GOP Senate has failed to offer any chance of repeal thus far, and all we’re left with is the faint (and unattractive) hope of a “skinny repeal.”
The “skinny repeal” health care bill released late Thursday evening does not institute changes to Medicaid, but it does bring some significant changes to Obamacare’s individual marketplace.
Here is what we know so far about the skinny repeal bill:
- Repeals The Individual Mandate
- Repeals The Employer Mandate
- Delays The Medical Device Tax Until Dec. 31, 2020
- Cuts Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood For One Year
- Fully Repeals Obamacare’s Funding For Public Health Programs
- Increases Funding For Community Health Programs
- Broadens Waiver Program For States To Roll Back Obamacare Regulations
Republican leadership is expected to vote at 2 a.m. Friday morning on the skinny repeal bill, a drastically watered-down version of Obamacare repeal, in order to move to negotiations with members of the House, in a final effort to make good on a seven-year campaigning point for congressional Republicans.
The Daily Caller’s Robert Donachie also dug deep into the data to figure out where most of America’s Obamacare dependent population lives:
The New York Times published a map Thursday evening depicting the number of individuals that obtained health insurance under Obamacare.
From 2010 to 2015, in excess of 19 million Americans obtained health insurance coverage directly from key provisions of Obamacare.
The largest gains in health insurance coverage were in California, Florida, Texas and New York. States that saw the lowest number of insurance gains include North Dokata, Washington, D.C., Wyoming, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Lawmakers are currently weighing three proposals: the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a bill that would institute full repeal of Obamacare without a replacement and the skinny repeal. Thus far, senators have shot down two during procedural votes Tuesday and Wednesday.