The 2018 campaign cycle will kick off towards the end of this year and Republicans are terrified of voter backlash. For years Republicans promised a full repeal of Obamacare. Last year we were told a border wall would be funded. We were told massive tax reform for ALL (not just businesses) would happen. We were told spending would be brought under control. We were told the swamp would be drained.
As it stands right now Republicans may have to explain why they failed on all of it.
Not content to go into campaign mode without at least some sort of talking point to spin their side of the story, Republicans appear to be close to a deal that will amend Obamacare in a largely insignificant way. Reports suggest moderate Republicans, liberal house speaker Paul Ryan and yes… even the House Freedom Caucus is on board.
The amendment is called the MacArthur Amendment and is plotted out as follows.
This would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly serious. The amendment reinforces that essential benefits be reinstated as the federal standard and it allows for state based waivers to be applied for and integrated into a high risk pool.
Under the deal, states would still have to make sure that people with preexisting conditions are eligible for some sort of coverage. Insurers wouldn’t be allowed to drop them entirely. To obtain a federal waiver from the relevant ObamaCare regs, a state would either have to join a federal high-risk pool for those consumers or set up one of their own. In that sense, the GOP compromise (between the conservative Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group) is a mirror image of O-Care itself. That law gave states the power to set up their own insurance exchanges, provided that if they declined to do, their residents would be able to participate in the federal exchange instead. In this case the GOP would be giving states the power to set up their own system for covering preexisting conditions — or, by doing nothing, they can continue to have their residents governed by federal regulations.
The amendment does nothing to repeal Obamacare, its mandates and its monstrous control over our economy/healthcare industry.
But you can pretty much guarantee Republicans will soon start thumping their chests, claiming they’re doing everything they can to roll back the damage Obamacare does to our nation.
This little nonsense amendment will be spun as a repeal and replace. It will be featured in pro-incumbent TV ads, radio spots and mail pieces.
And the media will cover them at every turn.