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Paul Ryan Betrays President Trump On Obamacare Repeal And Replace

It was inevitable that this would happen, but we figured it would take a little longer. 

Speaker Paul Ryan’s so-called Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill is a complete sellout of President Trump’s campaign promise to rid the country and the economy of the disaster of Obamacare, but the President is Paul Ryanalready being suckered into endorsing it. 

Indeed, President Trump’s White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, falsely stated yesterday that the healthcare bill from House Speaker Paul Ryan represents what will eventually be a full repeal of Obamacare. 

As our friend Matthew Boyle writing for Breitbart pointed-out, the bill is more like Obamacare 2.0 because the bill keeps in place the Obamacare requirements that insurers allow for coverage of pre-existing conditions and allows children to stay on their parents’ health care until they’re 26-years-old. It shifts the individual mandate from being a tax paid to the government to a penalty paid to insurance companies, does not even address the Medicaid issue in states effectively, helps illegal aliens access healthcare in the system, and it does not allow for purchasing of insurance across state lines as Republicans have promised for years—among many, many other problems. 

And among those among many, many problems one of the most egregious aspects of the bill is the subsidy for illegal aliens that will be paid for by the hardworking American citizens who elected President Trump. 

As our friend Katie McHugh writing for Breitbart documented, Ryan’s bill actually strips out even Obamacare’s weak protections preventing illegal aliens from signing up for health care meant for citizens. 

Obamacare has no meaningful, robust protections in place against illegal aliens claiming health care. The law claimed to exclude illegals, but in practice, made no effort to verify that the people applying for health care were citizens. Now, Republicans are about to take that problem and make it much worse by gutting enforcement noted our friend Daniel Horowitz. 

Obamacare 2.0, Rinocare or Ryancare, whatever you call it, the bill is actually worse than Obamacare in many respects, and it is all being done behind closed doors using budget reconciliation, not open debate and amendments. 

Republican Capitol Hill leaders are relying on budget reconciliation to repeal the Affordable Care Act because it requires only 51 Senate votes, instead of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. But this process has its limitations, and won't allow Republicans to make the law vanish, which is why conservatives see it as a mistake. 

"Because of the Senate filibuster, the GOP Congress feels trapped into the flawed reconciliation process as the only vehicle to get rid of parts of Obamacare," Rick Manning president of Americans for Limited Government told the Washington Examiner Friday. "But reconciliation does not allow for a full repeal of Obamacare, and the inevitable outcome will be more federal regulation with minimum coverage standards imposed on states that will once again be robbed of decision-making, driving health care costs upward for Americans." 

Setting aside the illegal alien subsidies, the key problem with the draft House health care bill is that it fails to correct the features of Obamacare that drove up health insurance costs observed Edmund Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation.  

Instead, it mainly tweaks Obamacare’s financing and subsidy structure. 

Rather than repeal and replace Obamacare, the bill focuses on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while failing to correct Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies. 

Haislmaier says about 22 million individuals currently receive subsidized health coverage through the exchanges (8 million) and the Medicaid expansion (14 million). For them, Obamacare’s higher insurance costs are offset by the law’s subsidies. 

However, that is not the case for another group of about 25 million Americans with unsubsidized individual-market coverage (10 million people) or small-employer plans (at least another 15 million people). 

Those 25 million are the ones who most need relief from Obamacare, and have the strongest motivation to politically support repeal and replace. Haislmaier points out that their real life experience of Obamacare has basically been “all pain, no gain,” as they have been subjected to significant premium increases and coverage dislocations with no offsetting subsidies. 

Unfortunately, the draft House bill provides no meaningful relief for that group that is most adversely affected by Obamacare and most supportive of repeal – and most likely to have voted for President Trump. 

Instead, the draft bill leaves Obamacare’s costly insurance regulations in place, and attempts to offset those costs with even more subsidies. The draft bill’s new “Patient and State Stability Fund” is particularly problematic. That program would provide grants to states of up to a total of $100 billion over the nine years 2018-2026 – in essence substituting new Ryancare funding for old Obamacare funding. 

What’s the bottom line? 

It is clear to us, and many other conservatives that Paul Ryan and the rest of the Capitol Hill Republican “leadership” never intended to repeal Obamacare – the many repeal votes while Obama was President were merely “show votes” taken to make it look like establishment Republicans opposed what they actually support; benefits for illegal aliens, massive entitlements and more big government. 

To stop Ryancare's benefits for illegal aliens, massive new entitlements and big government we urge conservatives to contact the White House to let President Trump know he's being suckered on this deal.

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New healthcare

The new healthcare program must include Congress. All of Congress should be required to use it...and give up the health program for which we shoulder the cost. If it is good enough for us...it is good enough for them. I am sick of Congress voting in their perks while the rest of us suffer. They should not be afforded anything better than us. That may change some views.

Ryan Care

Does anyone know it the Obamacare death panels are carried over to Ryan Care?

To me that is key as to the real goal of Ryan Care. Obama care was meant to support the New World Orders need to reduce population. One way was death panels that decide if you are worth saving. The other is extremely long waits to get health care like heart transplants and the patient dies in the wait.

Also at 70 years of age my health care costs have continually climbed since Obamacare started. I would rather do without if I have to endure more of the same just so some people who will not work will not care for themselves can have free health care and continue the status quo..

Wrong problem

We forget that health insurance was once an agreement between a consumer and a free market company. Govt has gotten us so used to thinking health insurance, and the controls that come with it, should be provided by them. NO. Actuarial pools can be established to include those wit pre-existing conditions and low income people. Ryan is just making this more difficult to keep his job and be important. DON'T FALL FOR IT. Put health insurance for healthcare back into the hands of consumers with necessary regulations only, sell across state lines, pools, etc

Obamacare

If we, the people out here in flyover land, can see that this is all a huge farce
perpetrated by Ryan and the other Rino's how is it that the rest of congress
is not SEEING THIS? They all need to be gone. If we don't fund them they won't
be able to continue to rape us with their lies.

Rinocare

This is such a deceit! We elected those people to REPEAL, not "fix" obamacare! It's a disaster now being made worse, again behind our backs! WE owe illegals and "refugees" NOTHING in the way of care and provision, especially when their sole purpose for coming here in the first place is to overthrow our government and way of life! Health care is NO ONE's "right"; it's a privilege for which we all pay in 1 way or another, when done right! It's not my job, or anyone else' to pay for the care provided interlopers and those who won't contribute!

Obamacare Repeal and Replace

This is such a deceit! We elected those people to REPEAL, not "fix" obamacare! It's a disaster now being made worse, again behind our backs! WE owe illegals and "refugees" NOTHING in the way of care and provision, especially when their sole purpose for coming here in the first place is to overthrow our government and way of life! Health care is NO ONE's "right"; it's a privilege for which we all pay in 1 way or another, when done right! It's not my job, or anyone else' to pay for the care provided interlopers and those who won't contribute!

IT IS TIME TO KICK POSTERIORS

Ryan...how do you sleep at night? Perhap you are so burdened with slime from your perpetual lies you cannot sleep.

here is the situation:
You are a TRAITOR...and ALL TRAITORS ARE...

"FILTHY TRAITORS"

You Lie to us out here

You Lie to your associates

You probably Lie because you are a TRAITOR TO YOUR NATION!

IT IS TIME RYAN...for us to DUMP YOUR BUTT!!!

...Or to seek to arrest you for LIES TO AMERICA...I like this as my choice for dealing with yopu...

By the way RYAN
...your face gives you away...it reflects your LIES no matter how you try to disguise it...We are so fortunate that you did not actually become our VICE PRESIDENT and you CERTAINLY will NEVER be our POTUS!!

HIPPAA Provides sufficient protection - ObamaCare must go!

All this fuss about pre-existing conditions and 26 year old kids, when there used to be perfectly reasonable laws on the books which provided adequate protections.
Under HIPPAA (1996) and prior laws, coverage could not be refused for pre-existing conditions if the patient had insurance coverage for the prior year, with no more than a 63 day break. Furthermore, waiting periods could not be imposed when the employee switched plans or companies, provided that the employee and family members had previously been insured for at least 18 months.
Simply cleaning up those laws a little, and strengthening the portability protections for buyers of individual plans as opposed to employer plans, would solve several of the problems which ObamaCare and RyanCare purport to cover:
There is no pre-existing condition problem if the patient has maintained continuous coverage for some minimum period before changing plans.
There is an incentive to purchase at least catastrophic coverage, in order to avoid being caught in a legitimate waiting period when a chronic condition develops.
Finally, prior laws permitted children who were full time students to remain on parents' plans. Insurance companies should be permitted to charge an appropriate actuarial rate for non-students over 18 on the parents' plan.

There - solved it for ya! Or as Rand Paul said - let's repeal it altogether and try freedom instead.

Oh, and if the Commerce Department followed the Commerce Clause, instead of looking for ways to meddle inside Sovereign States, it would enforce and regulate (as in make regular) insurance purchases across state lines!

REPEAL don't replace

Incentivize private enterprise to compete in the health insurance market. Only necessary regulations, sell across state lines, establish pools to lower costs. NOT as difficult as they are making it seem.