Lyin' Ryan (R-WI) has made it completely clear that one of the top priorities when the Republican Rectum Reich takes charge next year is repealing ObamaCare. Although the Fuhrer promised over and over again, as he travelled the nation on his March of Million Lies, that Americans would NOT lose their health care, he was lying. The only unanswered question is when. Paul Krugmann wrote an excellent editorial on why Republicans want to snatch health care from millions. Here is his conclusion.
…Why do the Republicans hate health reform? Some of the answer is that Obamacare was paid for in part with taxes on the wealthy, who will reap a huge windfall if it’s repealed, even as many middle-income families face tax hikes.
More broadly, Obamacare must die precisely because it’s working, showing that government action really can improve people’s lives — a truth they don’t want anyone to know.
How will Republicans try to contain the political fallout if they go ahead with repeal, and tens of millions lose access to health care? No doubt they’ll try to distract the public — and the all-too-compliant news media — with shiny objects of various kinds.
But surely a central aspect of their damage control will be an attempt to push a false narrative about Obamacare’s past. Health reform, they’ll claim, was always a failure, and it was already collapsing on the eve of the G.O.P. takeover. When the number of uninsured Americans skyrockets on their watch, they’ll claim that it’s not their fault — like everything, it’s the fault of liberal elites.
So let’s refute that narrative in advance. Obamacare has, in fact, been a big success — imperfect, yes, but it has greatly improved (and saved) many lives. And all indications are that this success is sustainable, that the teething problems of health reform weren’t fatal and were well on their way to being solved at the end of 2016.
If, as seems all too likely, a health care debacle is imminent, blame must be placed where it belongs: on Donald Trump and the people who put him over the top. [emphasis added]
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I shared his conclusion here, but I strongly recommend that you click through to read the entire editorial for an understanding of the facts he used to reach that conclusion.
Now, Republicans will offer their own health plan instead. It's called RepubliCare, and it's famous for the RepubliCare Death Benefit. Here's how RepubliCare works. If you are rich enough to pay for health care, you get health care. If not, the RepubliCare Death Benefit kicks in. You get to die, and the Republican Party won't charge you a penny for the privilege.