Rand Paul characterizes Ryancare as Obamacare Lite—because it is a Big Government atrocity.
I think Rand Paul is doing Donald Trump a favor by opposing Obamacare Lite, which is his apt description for the Obamacare replacement that Paul Ryan organized.
Rand is doing Trump a favor because Trump will not be helped is 2020 or in history by having his name attached to a failure. And Obamacare Lite will be a failure.
Replacing one failure with another failure isn’t worth the effort.
In the video, Rand Paul points out that Obamacare Lite includes the mandate. That means that Republicans plan to include penalties for those who don’t purchase insurance. That’s staggering! Paul Ryan is promoting a bill that contains the provision that people hate most about Obamacare.
Thus, CNS News reports,
The plan to repeal and replace Obamacare unveiled by House Republican leaders on Monday orders insurance companies to charge people 30 percent more in premiums for a full year if they did not have insurance for 63 days or more in the previous year.
The sections of the Republican bill that create this mandate on insurance companies are titled: “Continuous Health Insurance Coverage Incentive,” and “Encouraging Continuous Health Insurance Coverage.”
The first subsection of the “Encouraging Continuous Health Insurance Coverage” section is entitled: “Penalty Applied.”
This subsection says insurance companies “shall” impose the penalty.
“[A] health insurance issuer offering health insurance coverage in the individual or small group market shall, in the case of an individual who is an applicable policyholder of such coverage…increase the monthly premium rate otherwise applicable to such individual for such coverage during each month of such period, by an amount determined under paragraph (2),” says the bill.
Paragraph 2 goes on to explain that the “increase” in premiums the government will require is 30 percent over the normal premium for the plan.
“The amount determined under this paragraph for an applicable policyholder…is the amount that is equal to 30 percent of the monthly premium rate otherwise applicable to such applicable policyholder for such coverage during such month,” the Republican bill says.
The proposed legislation goes on to say that the burden of proof will be with the individual American seeking to buy health insurance. If they cannot document that they did not have a 63-day lapse in insurance during the previous year, they must pay the 30-percent penalty.
So instead of enforcing Obamacare through the IRS, Obamacare Lite will make the insurance companies do it.
That’s not good enough.
It’s not just that it isn’t “conservative enough.” The plan won’t work. People who hate Obamacare and voted for Republicans because they promised to get rid of it will hate Obamacare Lite. It will cause hardship rather than make healthcare affordable.
In fact, if Trump and Republicans pass this law, and it does work for a while, they will be remembered for rescuing Obamacare! After all, Obamacare is collapsing. Insurance companies are bailing on it. If the Republican did nothing, that would be preferable, because that would mean the end of Obamacare.
Obamacare Lite needs to be abandoned! Rand Paul has the right idea.