Discuss: House Republicans have no prescription for health care
The prognosis is not good for House Republicans who are drawing attention to themselves with their umpteenth vote in 18 months to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The vote tally varies from 31 to 33.
This is the health-care plan that recently passed constitutional muster with the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the plan that is already providing relief for millions of families with extended coverage for older children, and family members with pre-existing conditions. Tens of millions of Americans will have access to competitively priced insurance through health insurance exchanges enabled by the law. And don't worry, the insurance companies will do just fine.
So what is the GOP alternative to President Obama's two-year old health care law? Zip. Zero. Nada. The predictable reaction will be to hold House vote No. 34 sometime in the future. Otherwise no ideas or options are in play. No constructive debate about how to maximize coverage or control costs.
At best it might be some conservative shibboleths about health savings accounts, and consumers taking responsibility for bartering down costs with their health-care providers.
What is the Republican answer to the Affordable Care Act? The evidence suggests - nothing. A failure of ideas and reliance on pure political obstruction offer no relief to an expectant mother in need of well-baby checks, parents with a sick child or senior citizens cutting pills half to stretch their budget.
Cue Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for the predictable rant. Was it eviscerate Medicaid or Medicare or both?
Achenblog by Joel Achenbach
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