All politicians make promises they cannot keep, but this one is a particularly devastating deception. The health care bill now being drafted by the House, and enthusiastically endorsed by the president, makes major cuts in
Like so many of Trump’s proposals — on immigration and refugees, for example — this one is not just bad public policy. It’s also immoral, violating the most basic obligation of Christianity, described in the New Testament as caring for “the least of these brothers and sisters.”
The health care debate has focused primarily on proposed alterations to the insurance system established by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but the
Under Obamacare, states could utilize federal funds to expand
Thirty-one states took advantage of the option, adding about 11 million Americans to the
Under the House bill (call it Ryan/Trumpcare), that expansion would be phased out in 2020. According to the
But that’s not the whole story. Ryan has spent his whole career plotting to do exactly what Trump said he would not do: reduce entitlements.
By ardently abandoning his promise, Trump has reinforced the impression that he doesn’t really care about policy at all.
What he cares about is winning. So he’s bought into Ryan/Trumpcare because he thinks it’s the only health plan with a chance of passing.
Fortunately, a number of
Many of those governors agree with Kasich, who notes that 700,000 Ohioans have gained insurance coverage under
“If they don’t get coverage, they end up the emergency room, they end up sicker, more expensive,” he told state business leaders. “I mean, we pay one way or another. And so this has been a good thing for Ohio.”
It’s been a good thing for
Four Republican senators —
Of course some people game the system, but they’re far from a majority. Many suffer from a range of disabling conditions: physical handicaps, mental illness and substance abuse, for example.
Impoverished seniors who cannot afford nursing care are also major
Under Ryan/Trumpcare, says
Those real problems are not limited to governors who would have to administer