Earlier in the month, Trump and Republicans in the House threw themselves a party in the Rose Garden to celebrating passing an “abomination of a health care bill” that, if made into law, would fulfill Paul Ryan’s college dream of starving the shit out of the sick and elderly to give tax cuts to the rich.
However, in their haste to deliver Orange Fuhrer a photo op, the GOP opted not to wait for a Congressional Budget Office score, which did not go well during their first attempt to bring the American Health Care Act (better known as Trumpcare) to a vote. At the time, even Republicans in the Senate were leery of being handed a nuclear hot potato, and they were right because the new CBO score paints an equally as dismal picture where 14 million fewer Americans would be uninsured by 2018 and 23 million by 2026.
Even more disastrously, anyone with a preexisting condition will be absolutely screwed despite Trump’s “guarantee” to the contrary. And it gets worse.
Community-rated premiums would rise over time, and people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all—despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums. As a result, the nongroup markets in those states would become unstable for people with higher-than-average expected health care costs. That instability would cause some people who would have been insured in the nongroup market under current law to be uninsured.
Basically, if you’re already sick or have a human body, you’ll be every flavor of fucked as you spiral into crippling debt because no insurance market will touch you.
Things get even grimmer for Americans that depend on Medicaid.
By far the biggest savings would come from Medicaid, which serves low-income Americans. That program would face $884 billion in cuts. Cutbacks in subsidies for individual health insurance would likewise help cut $276 billion. But those are offset in large part by bigger costs, including the repeal of many of Obamacare’s taxes.
Those tax cuts would overwhelmingly benefit the highest-income Americans, the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank, reported on Wednesday.
Somewhere Paul Ryan is reciting those numbers over and over again while looking at himself in a mirror and doing curls. Why does he even have a wife? This is all he needs. This is all he needs…
However, there actually is good news in the CBO for someone besides the wealthy. Americans who are younger and healthier could see drastically lower premiums. Which sounds awesome provided they somehow find a way to stay young and healthy forever. (Pro-tip: Don’t go near Peter Thiel.)
But if they do commit the undeniably selfish sin of aging and/or getting sick, the Party of Jesus will be there to harvest their suffering into sweet tax cuts for the rich as the Good Lord intended.
“For I sayeth to you, people with cancer are the worst, right? You should make them die faster to get rid of the estate tax.” – The Bible, somewhere apparently