HBO’s John Oliver Explains The Flawed American Health Care Act

John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight explains how the version of the American Health Care Act passed by House Republicans this past week is worse than the first version of the legislation.

“Yes, they took a bad thing and managed to make it even worse. It’s like watching Mariah Carey’s Glitter and saying, “You know what this needs? Jar Jar Binks.”

And while House Speaker Paul Ryan and his fellow Republicans insist that the bill guarantees access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions, they are not making clear that any small gap in insurance coverage could result in much higher premiums.

“It’s like if your daughter asks, ‘Can I have a cookie,’ and you say: ‘Sure, that will be $1.5 billion, Katie. You have not been denied this cookie, you still have full access to it should you choose to become successful enough to afford it.’”

Watch below.

House Barely Passes Trumpcare Bill 217-213

Barely squeaking over the 216 threshold, House Republicans were finally able to pass their “repeal and replace” legislation to end Obamacare by a vote of 217-213.

Much wrangling was done in the last few hours to get the final votes, but the legislation now moves to the Senate where substantial changes to the bill are expected.

Along the way, there was no CBO score nor were there any public hearings on the bill.

The new legislation allows individual states to opt out of protection for pre-existing conditions, although $8 billion is included in the bill to help pay for “high risk” pools to help those folks find coverage.

According to several media sources, Democrats could be heard singing on the House floor “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” to Republicans as the measure was passed. In recent polls, the new legislation has been found to be very unpopular.

Apparently, many Republican House members hadn’t read the bill as of this morning.

House Republicans Protect Themselves From Health Care Repeal On Preexisting Conditions

It’s always nice when our elected representatives in Congress show us that they understand us, because their lives are just like ours.

Well, kinda.

As House Republicans prepare to, yet again, “repeal and replace” Obamacare, they’ve included a clause that would allow states to waive out of the Affordable Care Act’s ban on preexisting conditions.

In other words, insurance companies could be able to charge folks who’ve had cancer (or acne) higher premiums than otherwise healthy people.

Republican lawmakers like this policy a lot.

Well, ok, not “crazy like it a lot.”

Like, not enough to have it apply to themselves.

The guy who wrote the amendment, Republican (natch!) Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, has confirmed that he and his Congressional cohorts would still be guaranteed the Obamacare protections against higher rates for preexisting conditions.

See? Just like us!


News Round-Up: April 21, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Fitness model Nick Sandell (above) is giving you serious “seriousness.”

•Xavier Jugelé, the French police officer murdered last night in an apparent terrorist attack on Paris’s Champs-Élysées was a member of Flag, an organization for LGBT police officers in France, and a local hero to his community.

• Intelligence gathered by the FBI last summer suggests that Russian operatives attempted to use Trump advisers, like Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

• After meeting with President Ramzan Kadyrov of Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that reports of gay men being rounded up, tortured and killed in the Chechen nation are unfounded.

• With little to show for his first 100 days as prez, Donald Trump is pushing for another run at health care reform. A new amendment to proposed legislation would undermine Obamacare’s existing conditions mandate.

• Caitlyn Jenner, who voted for President Trump, now says she’s breaking with the Trumpster in a new 20/20 interview airing on ABC tonight. She’s so over Trump she won’t even play golf with the prez. Watch below.

TrumpCare Falls Far Short Of Promised “Insurance For Everybody”

According to the CBO, the American Health Care Act would increase the number of Americans without health coverage by 24 million and reduce the federal budget deficit by $337 billion by 2026.

This doesn’t quite jive with Trump’s oft-repeated promises that the GOP replacement would provide “insurance for everybody” and be “much less expensive and much better.”

Time travel time: Donald Trump in September 2015 on CBS’ 60 Minutes talking healthcare:

“I am going to take care of everyone. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not.”

Oh, and the American Health Care Act includes $880 billion in Medicaid cuts.

Let’s take another trip in the way back machine:

Congressional Budget Office: 14 Million Could Lose Healthcare Coverage In 2018

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (currently run by a Republican) has issued it’s findings on the American Health Care Act which has been proposed to replace Obamacare.

In short, instead of covering more people, fewer folks will have healthcare.

From CNN:

Fourteen million more Americans would be uninsured under the House Republican health care bill than under Obamacare in 2018, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

The long-anticipated score immediately puts the writers and supporters of the GOP Obamacare bill on the defensive. It is also certain to complicate the party’s already troubled efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican bill, titled the American Health Care Act, would reduce the federal deficits by $337 billion over 10 years, the CBO said.

The legislation, introduced last Monday, has sparked deep concern among Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate. The sources of unease are wide-ranging.

Prominnent conservatives on Capitol Hill, for example, have argued that the bill doesn’t go far enough, labeling it “Obamacare Lite.” One element of the legislation that has drawn fierce scorn is the refundable tax credits, which conservative Republicans say amounts to an entitlement program.

As proposed Medicaid changes go into effect, the CBO projects this could rise to 24 million by 2026.

President Trump has endorsed the plan.

You may recall President Trump, on January 25, said, “We’re gonna come up with a new plan that’s going to be better health care for more people at a lesser cost.”

“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

Bolding is mine.

Republicans Are Ramming TrumpCare Through U.S. House

When the Affordable Care Act was introduced years ago, it took months of hearings and committee meetinsg to advanced the vast legislation.

Republicans, at the time, decried the “haste” with which the process seemed to be moving.

Fast forward to 2017.

Now it’s the Republicans in the driver’s seat, and this car is moving away from Obamacare as quickly as the Repubs can go.

On Monday, House Republicans introduced their “repeal and replace” plan – the American Health Care Act.

Late into Wednesday night, just two days later, the critical House Ways and Means Committee slogged through 18 hours to approve the legislation on to a full vote on the floor of the House.

There has been no scoring by the CBO on the bill. No one knows how this new approach will affect the economy of the U.S.

But the GOP led House is roaring away with their bill.

Already, the legislation has it’s detractors. And many are conservatives, including Senators Rand Paul and Tom Cotton.

In a private meeting with conservative groups, President Trump shared his plans in the event the new legislation not work out: Step aside, watch the ACA fall apart, and let Democrats take the blame.

But there’s more! Trump also unveiled his strategy to shame elected officials into voting for the new healthcare plan.

From CNN:

Confident that the health care plan will pass the House, Trump laid out his strategy for winning passage in the Senate, telling the meeting he will campaign heavily in red states featuring vulnerable Democrats up for re-election. Trump said he will have football stadium events in states where he won by 10-12 points and he is going to dare people to vote against him,” a source at the meeting said.