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News Health Care Tuesday, Jul 12 2016

The Ryan-Trump Healthcare Plan: Repeal ACA, Then, Uh, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jul 12, 2016

Paul Ryan at CNN’s town hall talked about his Affordable Care Act replacement plan has a lot of repeal, but not much replace. In April, Donald Trump unveiled his healthcare reform agenda — the most detailed component of the plan calling for the “repeal and replace of Obamacare with something much better.”

It’s been more than half a decade since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Trump and Republicans somehow still don’t have a detailed alternative. All we know is they still want to “repeal and replace” the law — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has called doing so their “most urgent” objective late last year — and that Republicans have repeatedly held dozens of pointless votes to dismantle it.

The closest Republicans have come to proposing an alternative is Speaker Ryan’s recent June proposal to — yet again — repeal and replace the law. Unveiled as part of Ryan’s #BetterWay policy agenda, the plan was promised as a detailed, if right-wing, substitute for the ACA.

But then Ryan released the proposal, and we learned it:

The Post’s Paul Waldman wrote at the time that Ryan’s ACA replacement proposal “would cause absolutely cataclysmic upheaval in Americans’ health care. I cannot stress this strongly enough.” That isn’t high-minded, legitimate policy. It’s the same vacuous “repeal and replace” rhetoric that Donald Trump’s offered over the last year.

Apparently that’s why Speaker Ryan is so “confident that [Trump] will help turn the House GOP’s agenda into laws” — it’s easy to promise another four-to-six years of meaningless repeal votes that are nothing but a waste of taxpayer money.

Published: Jul 12, 2016

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