Now to add insult to injury, Senate leadership is fighting full Obamacare repeal and pushing to keep Obamacare provisions that have led to sky-high premiums.
In my article last week, I explained that the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) does not decrease Medicaid spending. It doesn’t cut it next year. It doesn’t cut it in ten years. It never decreases Medicaid spending, although you have been hearing the exact opposite from both sides of the aisle.
I explained that the reason you are not hearing the truth is that neither Democrats nor liberal establishment Republicans really want to reform Medicaid and don’t really want to repeal Obamacare. They are both just actors in a show that is put on to dupe their constituents. The Democrats engage in this sophistry over Medicaid to pretend that they are fighting cruel, heartless Republicans to keep them from killing millions of Americans with their draconian cuts that will push grandma off the cliff and take medical care away from sick infants.
Establishment Republicans play along and pretend that they are being good custodians of taxpayers money by making believe that they are repealing Obamacare, as well as pretending that they are making substantive changes to a doomed Medicaid program that is going broke in a few short years if major reforms are not forthcoming.
It’s all political theater orchestrated to fool enough voters to win the next election, while nothing is really being changed. The analogy I often use is that it is the political version of professional wrestling: fake fights for gullible audiences.
For details on the Medicaid scam, see my article in last week’s San Antonio Tea Party Revere Report or click here .
This week I want to continue breaking down the Senate bill into small bite-sized pieces, so that it is easy to see what a sham this bill is and how disingenuous Senate leadership is. So now let’s focus on how this Senate proposal continues the Obamacare bailouts for big insurance companies.
Obamacare subsidizes big insurance companies with subsidies they called cost-sharing reduction payments. The BCRA unbelievably proposes to continue these costly payments to insurance companies, although nothing in the Constitution empowers the Federal government to subsidize private companies and no conservative could support such a plan.
It is not just Allen Tharp and every other Constitutional conservative saying this. The House Republicans also knew that these subsidies were illegal because they took the Obama administration to court in 2015 to end this very program, arguing that these payments to insurance companies were unconstitutional.
The House GOP won their case. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with them. She ruled that the Federal Government had no right to subsidize private companies and that such subsidies were illegal and unconstitutional.
Rather than supporting and abiding by this ruling, however, the Senate BCRA proposes to nullify this huge legal victory for America in the battle to undo Obamacare and spend $28 billion more dollars bailing out insurance companies and propping up the failing Obamacare exchanges. What a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! This is further evidence that Senate leadership is fighting to keep as much of Obamacare in place as they can.
It seems especially Kafkaesque that the Senate would even contemplate including provisions in a bill that both the courts and the House have already deemed unconstitutional. Could they really expect the House to now support something they have previously taken such a strong stance against? If the House now did a flip-flop and supported these illegal subsidies, they would be revealed as total hypocrites and liars.
Now to add insult to injury, Senate leadership is fighting full Obamacare repeal and pushing to keep Obamacare provisions that have led to sky-high premiums. McConnell would rather work with the big-government liberals that gave us Obamacare and now want a single-payer system than work with conservatives to implement free-market reforms. McConnell is refusing to support any conservative solutions, such as those offered by Cruz, Paul, and Lee. Unfortunately it is typical of McConnell to threaten to ditch conservatives and work with Democrats to pass bills that Democrats will support—and that is exactly what he is doing on this bill.
Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.
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