Mitch McConnell’s refusal to provide a time frame or specifics on Obamacare replacement suggests that Republicans may deliver on those death panels that they spent years warning the American people about.
JOHN DICKERSON: So can you give me a sense of what rapidly means? Are we talking–
MITCH MCCONNELL: Very quickly.
JOHN DICKERSON: Months? Days?
MITCH MCCONNELL: Quickly.
JOHN DICKERSON: All right. But it’s going to be repealed by the end of this week, you think?
MITCH MCCONNELL: The first step will be taken in the Senate by the end of this week, yes. And then it’ll go over to the House.
JOHN DICKERSON: On replacing it, if I have—if I’m covered now as part of Obamacare, am I going to be covered by the replacement?
MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, what you need to understand is that there are 25 million Americans who aren’t covered now. If the idea behind Obamacare was to get everyone covered, that’s one of the many failures. In addition to premiums going up, co-payments going up, deductibles going up. And many Americans who actually did get insurance when they did not have it before, have really bad insurance that they have to pay for and the deductibles are so high that it’s really not worth much to them. So it is chaotic. The status quo is simply unacceptable. And at the risk of being repetitious, if Hillary Clinton had been elected, we’d be revisiting Obamacare.
Notice that the Senate Majority Leader did not provide one single detail about who his replacement plan would cover. McConnell’s refusal to state that people who currently have health insurance would be covered under the new system was an unspoken no. Everyone that has health insurance under the ACA, including Medicaid expansion, are not going to be covered by the Republican replacement.
The death panel that the GOP warned America about before the ACA was passed is becoming a reality as Republicans are repealing Obamacare and replacing it with something that will leave nearly 30 million Americans with no or less health care than they currently have now.
The death panel is upon us, and it’s members are composed of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and every Republican who votes to take health care away from tens of millions of Americans.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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