You can almost always be completely certain that whatever policy proposals the Republicans come up with, they will hit the most vulnerable Americans the hardest. From social welfare to health care, the Republican answer to everything is less government, more private industry, and as little regulation as possible.
So when Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana introduced a new health care bill in a last ditched attempt to destroy Obamacare, it was a foregone conclusion that the poor and vulnerable would be most adversely effected by it. And after a preliminary analysis was done by several reputable organizations, the insurance industry, and the media, that turned out to be exactly the case.
Take this part of the Graham-Cassidy plan for example. The Medicaid expansion funds in Obamacare used to incentivize states to expand coverage to include people living within the poverty line would, under Graham-Cassidy, be converted into block grants to the states in 2020, then be removed entirely by 2027. As CNN reports, Medicaid would also be on the chopping block, effecting poor children the hardest:
The federal government would also reduce support for Medicaid overall. The Medicaid limits will hit poor children and non-disabled adults the hardest. States will have the option to spend more to supplement those huge funding drops but it is not required that they do so or even clear which states would.
The new GOP bill is potentially a disaster in the making should it pass, and those who support it without fully understanding its consequences (like the nine GOP senators interviewed by Vox who hadn’t bothered reading it but supported it anyway) should be deeply ashamed. Sadly, this is actually part of the GOP’s plan to ram this disgraceful bill through. As The Atlantic pointed out:
It seems uncertainty is the desired legislative state for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP. When faced with news that, with just a week for turnaround, the Congressional Budget Office’s methodical analyses—which would involve modeling and gathering as much information as possible on unknowns and assumptions—would only be able to provide a rough assessment of Graham-Cassidy, Cruz echoed longtime Republican criticism of the CBO. The senator called the independent scoring agency “ridiculously slow, unreliable, and based on policy assumptions that are demonstrably false.” But unlike during the last round of repeal with the BCRA—when Republicans relied on a quickly spun-up and fuzzy score from the Department of Health and Human Services to justify not waiting for the CBO—now GOP leadership seems content with having no numbers at all.
So in just over a week, America could have a new health care system that only 24% of the public approves of, and no one fully understands the consequences of.
Graham-Cassidy approval at a dismal 24%. And that's before it has thrown the entire health system into chaos. https://t.co/MvenxQkAQh
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 22, 2017
This is why the Republican Party is not in any sense of the word, a political party. It is a radical organization dedicated to destroying civil society and the institutions of government.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.