Trump is obsessed with his need for A LEGISLATIVE WIN. And he is looking to Paul Ryan to save him from the ultimate humiliation- being labeled a LOSER
In his campaign he promised a dozen or so legislative breakthroughs in his first days in office EACH done quickly and easily.
None of it happened. So the Donald in the last 9 days of his first 100 is obsessed with getting something, anything passed.
Next week....without a funding bill that must pass through both the House and Senate the government will shut down. That is HUGE. But that also is not what Trump ran on. So what's left....health care.
THE ZOMBIE HEALTH CARE PLAN! IT LIVES! IT LIVES! Sort of.....
In late March the American Health Care Act slipped into a coma and died...but it looks like there might be ZOMBIE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT in the wings.
There is a reported compromise amendment between warring factions of the House GOP, the so-called moderates and the Freedom (formerly Tea Party) Caucus. The AHCA failed the first time around because it could not muster enough support from hard-line conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus and more moderate Republicans: Each side had differing legislative priorities, and appeasing one faction meant alienating the other.
There could be a deal between the two sides in the works. The proposal would allow states to opt out of existing rules prohibiting insurers from charging sick people more for coverage, thus making hard-line conservatives happy. Of course the sick people would not be at all happy and since any of us could get seriously sick at any time....well, you figure it out.
It would also reinstate rules requiring insurers to cover “essential health benefits” (though those could also be waived at the state level), which would make moderates happy because it would like they were looking out for all their constituents but since the states would have the option to set aside those "essential health benefits" only those not paying attention will be fooled by this window dressing.
If the GOP in the House are serious about moving forward with this “compromise,” then they’re making a huge mistake. Hollowing out pre-existing conditions protections (as this compromise would) might squeeze some votes out of the hard-right flank of the House GOP caucus, but it will also make the already unpopular AHCA even less palatable for the voting public. Obamacare’s pre-existing coverage protections are extremely popular — so popular that a good chunk of people who back repealing the Affordable Care Act change their minds when they’re told the pre-existing conditions provisions would be scrapped.
Allowing insurers to charge sick people more for coverage and dumping people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools will mean that those people will lose access to health insurance coverage because their premiums would shoot up by several thousand dollars and state support for these pools, which has been promised, would disappear as costs mounted. High-risk pools require huge amounts of state and federal subsidies to function properly and have historically been beset by funding shortages, which further limits access to coverage.
Pursuing these changes would also mean that Republicans leaders will have to explain why they broke their promises that repealing Obamacare would not undo protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS LIKE THIS ONE SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE: DON'T MESS WITH WHAT'S WORKING IN HEALTHCARE AND FIX THE REST.
WELL....those folks were promised that this is what was going to happen.
“First, we should ensure that Americans with preexisting conditions have access to coverage,” President Trump said when laying out his health care priorities during his February speech to a joint session of Congress.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s big push to promote the American Health Care Act included promises that people with pre-existing conditions would be absolutely protected. The House leadership’s “Better Way” fact sheet for health care states that “every American, regardless of their health status, has the comfort of knowing you can never be denied coverage” and that individuals will not be “charged more than standard rates — even if you’re dealing with a serious medical issue.”
The changes under consideration would make both pledges empty ones.
The important thing to understand is that the changes currently under consideration are not motivated by a desire to improve the legislation. It is all politics. The legislation as described has already been declared dead on arrival in the Senate.
Meanwhile, the latest Quinnipiac poll found that 60 percent of the Americans surveyed said they want the GOP to give up on repealing and replacing Obamacare, while a measly 36 percent said they want the party to keep pushing for it. And that poll was based on the earlier plan which had protections that will be eliminated by the new plan. Imagine how the poll will change when that becomes known.