Obamacare by any other name is still. . . Obamacare

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues, Policy

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Those of us who have watched the Republican party (and challenged it) over the last few years had a sneaking suspicion that whatever “repeal” of Obamacare that was going to be put forward by Republican leadership in the House likely wasn’t going to be a repeal bill. It might tweak the edges of it, but it wasn’t going to repeal Obamacare.

It turns out we were wrong.

It’s far worse.

The bill put forward yesterday (among other things) does the following:

*Does not repeal Obamacare.
*Mandates continuous insurance coverage at the risk of a new 30% penalty for people who drop their coverage.
*Creates a new subsidy in the form of tax credits even for those who do not pay income taxes.
*Keeps various Obamacare mandates in place until 2020. In essence, until the next Presidential election.
Axios has a good write up on the bill yesterday. We disagree with the title. It is not Trumpcare. It is Ryancare.