Paul Ryan Prepares to Betray Voters by Upgrading Obamacare to Obamacare 2.0

Paul Ryan and his leadership team appear ready to deliver one of the biggest betrayals voters have seen in decades. After eight years of the House passing full repeal bills and running on campaign promises of full repeal, Ryan is ready to yet again move against the will of those who put Republicans in power.

Let it be clear that what Paul Ryan and Republicans are proposing is not a repeal of Obamacare. Not even close. The bill, called the American Healthcare Act, is nothing more than an upgraded version of Obamacare.

In 2016 Republicans ran on repeal. Voters bought it, demanding repeal in return for the power given at the electoral box. It should be noted that Republicans did not run on repeal and replace. They ran on full repeal.

Yet repeal is the one act left out of Ryan’s American Healthcare Act. In fact, it doesn’t even replace Obamacare. It simply changes the way the poison in Obamacare tastes.

But have no doubt… the poison is there.

Let’s take a look at the key points of what was released yesterday.

  • Does the American Healthcare Act Repeal the Penalty? Not at all. In fact, for many Americans the penalty will get worse. What Ryan’s bill does is exchanges the front-end tax penalty for not carrying insurance to a 30% back-end penalty paid to an insurance company for one year following any gap of time without coverage. What this means is that if you use your free choice to not gain insurance coverage for any amount of time, if and when you do gain coverage you will pay a 30% penalty on monthly premiums for one full year on your new coverage plan. For a majority of plans this could mean $3,000, $4,000 or more. Far more than the current penalty under Obamacare.
  • Does the American Healthcare Act Repeal ACA? Nope. Almost all of the ACA remains in place. The primary components “repealed” are add-on taxes that are a part of the ACA. The American Healthcare Act leaves most of the ACA intact and builds upon its framework.
  • Does the American Healthcare Act Continue to Force Insurance Plans to Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? Yes it does. It also increases the multiplier for age from 3 to 5.
  • Does the American Healthcare Act Enable a Marketplace Where Insurance Can be Purchased Across State Lines? We cannot find any evidence this type of language is included in the bill. It appears such activity was completely bypassed in the legislation.

As of this time we cannot see any valuable language that will truly bring down the cost of insurance. There is simply no incentive for lower costs to happen.

Who do you think will pay for these tax credits? And if you’re paying for them (you will) do you make too much money to get them? Most likely.

What makes this even more disconcerting is that Donald Trump appears ready to fully support this betrayal.

Trump goes on to pledge that buying insurance across state lines will come in later phases.

But this is far from the initial pledge that a full repeal would come first in his agenda once sworn in. And it also relies on Paul Ryan and house Republicans to put forth such legislative changes, something Americans should not be fully confident will happen.

It’s our position the American Healthcare Act should be strongly opposed. It’s not Obamacare Lite, as we had previously thought it might be. It’s actually Obamacare 2.0. A bill that does virtually nothing to repair the damage done by the Affordable Healthcare Act.