Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans have another plan in place to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.
As of February of this year, they had already held at least 62 votes to get rid of the Affordable Care Act in one way or another. Every one of those failed, of course. Ryan is trying this last ditch effort to make it look as though the GOP has some sort of plan in place to actually do their jobs.
As Groopspeak points out, The Republicans’ plan includes many of their perennial favorite ideas, “such as allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, expanding health savings accounts, reforming medical liability rules and giving block grants to states to run Medicaid programs for the poor.”
But the real kicker in their plan comes to include raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, a move that could represent tens of thousands of dollars in healthcare spending for those Americans reaching retirement.
This is despite the fact that Americans by and large like Obamacare, as long as you don’t call it that.
The ongoing problem with the GOP’s efforts to repeal the ACA lies in the fact that the percentage of uninsured Americans has plummeted drastically since it took effect:
Really, GOP pols know that Obamacare works, but without efforts to repeal it, they lose one of the pillars of their spiteful obstructionism that they’ve been so fond of since 2008.