- Apr 13, 2011
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
House Republicans unveiled what they’re calling an Obamacare replacement on Wednesday, 2,283 days after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.The plan, which isn’t legislation and is more like a mission statement, lacks the level of detail that would enable a full analysis, but one thing is clear: If put in place, it would almost surely mean fewer people with health insurance, fewer people getting financial assistance for their premiums or out-of-pocket costs, and fewer consumer protections than the ACA provides.
It’s difficult to be certain, because the proposal, which House Speaker Paul Ryan(R-Wis.) will talk up at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Wednesday, lacks crucial information, like estimates of its costs and effects on how many people will have health coverage.
The document weighs in at 37 pages, which includes the cover, three full pages about how terrible Obamacare is, and two blank sheets.
“Everyone knows Republicans are against Obamacare. We’ve got that part down,” Ryan said on C-SPAN Tuesday. “What people need to know is that we have good ideas for what we ought to replace it with that reduces the cost of insurance, that gives people more choices, that doesn’t create entitlements that bankrupt the country, and that gives us a patient-centered system.”
The health care rollout is part of Ryan’s “A Better Way“ initiative to define GOP policy during the election year.
But the contents of the plan amount to a grab-bag of conservative health policy ideas from the last few decades — virtually none of which have ever been pursued aggressively by Republicans in Congress or the White House — despite the House GOP having years since the ACA took effect to concoct a full-fledged alternative.
Read more @: The GOP Obamacare ‘Replacement’ Has Arrived. Sort Of.
The GOP isnt serious about actually replacing the ACA. It would almost certainly mean political suicide because of the drastic negative consequences to majority of Americans if they do. Instead they will keep on using stunts like this as a campaign issue.