Remember when the Democrats were frantically pushinng Obamacare and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”?
Evidently, she is now changing her tune.
Monday evening, Republicans introduced new proposals. Wednesday they started to review them in the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees. However, this initial meeting doesn’t include time to go over budgets.
Pelosi and other democrats have said it’s irresponsible to vote on the replacement plans without having the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look into budgeting and analyzing the coverage impacts.
“Members must not be asked to vote on this legislation before the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation have answered the following questions about your legislation in 2018 and 2019, over the 10-year budget window, and in the decade after,” wrote Pelosi toHouse Speaker Paul Ryan requesting the delay.
“How will this bill measure up to the Affordable Care Act and current Medicaid law on coverage, quality, and cost? And how will it impact Medicare solvency?”
However as a GOP aide pointed out it’s not uncommon for the committees to look over at the proposal before the CBO has a chance to. Democrats even did this with an early version of Obamacare legislation.
“Per House rules, we will have a score from CBO before the bill is up for a vote on the House floor,”said the aide in an email.
“The important thing to remember is that this is a fiscally responsible piece of legislation that will improve health care for millions of Americans and protect taxpayers. And this bill is the first step in our process. Reconciliation lays the groundwork for many more patient-centered health care reforms.”
While Pelosi attempts to delay improving the U.S. healthcare system, Ryan is urging that the government gets down to business.
“It’s time to turn a page and rescue our health care system from this disastrous law,” said Ryan on Monday.
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss the current set of healthcare and why there need to be a replacement.
“I don’t think it’s fair to want to compare what we’re proposing to what Obamacare might have been,” said Mulvaney. “You have to compare it to what Obamacare is, and it’s a failure. By that comparison, this program is going to be a great success.”
He said the new measure will give Americans access to coverage they don’t have now and that the GOP’s proposal will “save a dramatic amount of money.”
The new plan encourages younger and healthier individuals to get coverage, therefore pushing down costs.
“One of the problems with Obamacare now is that you can wait to buy insurance until after you get sick,” said Mulvaney. “What we try and do is give people incentives to go off and say, look, if you’re really worried about that, go up and sign now, make sure you can prove that you have continuous coverage. If you do get sick, you can’t lose your coverage.”
On Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” he also reassured that the replacement healthcare system will save insurers and the government money.
“That drives tremendous long-term savings,” said Mulvaney. “Not only do we think this is a way to give people healthcare that they can afford, it also helps our long-term debt situation.”
Author’s note: Pelosi and Democrats need to stop dragging their feet and start working together with Republicans to get a better healthcare system in place. I think we can all agree that we learned a lot from Obamacare and can now implement a more effective system, so Americans get the coverage they need.
Editor’s note: Pelosi should retire, she’ senile.