The GOP's proposal to replace Obamacare is bad. Really, really bad. The giant corporate giveaway that essentially aims to leave poor people without health care is so bad that Trump's people are preemptively refuting studies that haven't happened yet -- a first for the administration that usually presents their alternate facts after a crisis. This from the Huffington Post:
President Donald Trump’s White House Wednesday began undermining the credibility of the Congressional Budget Office – days ahead of its likely analysis that a Republican health care plan will result in millions losing their insurance.
“Anyone that can actually do basic math can understand that their projections for Obamacare the last time were way, way off the mark,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at Wednesday’s press briefing. “When they come out with this score, we need to understand the track record when it comes to health care.”
Firstly, the CBO's analysis of Obamacare was actually pretty spot on. According to CNN:
The agency was much closer to the mark on Obamacare's overall impact on coverage. In its original 2010 estimate, CBO thought the insured rate for non-elderly adults would rise to 92% in 2016. It tempered that view somewhat in 2013, after the Supreme Court ruled that expanding Medicaid was optional for states. The revised forecast was that 89% would have coverage in 2016.
It turns out that 89.7% of Americans under age 65 had insurance last year, according to Centers for Disease Control data. That's up from 83.4% in 2013, before the exchanges opened and Medicaid expansion officially began. (A few states launched the program earlier.)
A Commonwealth Fund study also found that the CBO study was, as the Huff Post reported, "more right in its forecasts about the Affordable Care Act than anyone else."
Secondly, one of the major reasons Obamacare didn't take off and start working immediately is because of the war waged on it by Republicans who spread false information and engaged in extraordinary fear mongering.
The Trump administration is attempting to control the narrative about their health care bill, and as usual, they are failing miserably given it is another issue none of them have bothered to do any research on. Trump spent two years bashing Obamacare, then got into office and declared he didn't realize how "complex" health care was in America. Now he has had to present his atrocious plan to the country, his administration is going into crisis mode (again) to limit the fallout every reputable analyst predicts is coming.
Could this get any more ridiculous?