While most of today’s political news centers around the raging dumpster fire known as the Trump administration, I feel it’s important to remind folks that there are many members of the Republican Party who are every bit as deplorable as “The Donald” — and maybe even worse.
Individuals such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a man I’ve loathed since before he ever became a United States Senator. Even within his own party he’s disliked by most of his colleagues — a fact which quite a few of them don’t really try to hide.
Let’s not forget, Cruz is such a scumbag that, despite Trump insulting his wife’s looks and trying to slander his father’s name, he still endorsed and campaigned for him. It takes a special kind of lowlife to support someone who personally attacked and slandered your family.
But that’s who Cruz is — a lowlife.
That’s why it’s not-at-all surprising that when it comes to Republicans who are trying screw Americans out of quality health care, Ted Cruz is one of the figureheads leading the charge to strip that coverage away — or make sure they can never qualify for or afford it in the first place.
His latest attempt to do this is something called the “Consumer Freedom Option,” or the “Cruz Amendment.”
This proposal would allow health insurance companies to offer health care plans that wouldn’t provide much of the coverage currently required by the Affordable Care Act just as long as they offered at least one plan that did offer that coverage.
It doesn’t take a whole lot of common sense to realize how bad of an idea that is. It would essentially create two separate tiers of coverage:
- Much cheaper plans for healthy people.
- Very expensive, often unaffordable plans, for those who needed coverage the most.
That’s essentially what Blue Cross and Blue Shield and America’s Health Insurance Plans said in a joint letter written to Senate leadership.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
“This would allow the new plans to ‘cherry pick’ only healthy people from the existing market making coverage unaffordable for the millions of people who need or want comprehensive coverage, including, for example, coverage for prescription drugs and mental health services,” the insurers said.
The insurers also bashed the details of the proposal that became clear after it was unveiled, including an apparent attempt to have the non-compliant plans and the ACA plans share a single risk pool.
“That is not the case. The Consumer Freedom Option establishes a ‘single risk pool’ in name only. In fact, it creates two systems of insurance for healthy and sick people,” the insurers said.
They said that the $70 billion added to the new draft to offset premium increases for the sick “is insufficient and additional funding will not make the provision workable for consumers or taxpayers.”
The letter also states that Cruz’s proposal would lead to far fewer, if any, people being able to purchase insurance from the marketplace. Meanwhile, millions of Americans, most of whom would desperately need health insurance, won’t be able to afford any.
The part of all of this that blows my mind is that, after years of Republicans promising to “repeal and replace Obamacare on Day 1,” here we are, months after they’ve had the ability to do just that, but they can’t — because, despite their years of lying, the law is too popular to repeal or water down.
It’s like I said on Twitter yesterday, if the Affordable Care Act was really the disaster Republicans have spent years saying it was, and their plan for health care was really as amazing as they’ve been saying it is, then this wouldn’t have been taking as long as it has to push through. This would have easily passed the Republican-controlled House and Senate and been on Trump’s desk months ago.
But even they know how terrible Trumpcare is.
The sad part is, most Republican voters seem to be in denial about the fact that this entire situation has proven Republicans are nothing more than frauds who spent the last few years blatantly lying to them, stirring up fear and hate toward a law that, while flawed, isn’t nearly as bad as they told their voters it was. Now that they have the power to do what they’ve spent years promising they would, it’s clear that in all that time, they never actually had any sort of a plan on how to make health care better — they simply had empty talking points and propaganda they used to manipulate millions of people who were too ignorant about the facts about Obamacare to know any better.
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