The GOP Bill

May 5, 2017

The GOP bill to replace Obamacare had barely passed when Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi were already stampeding to the cameras to demagogue it. To hear them tell it, this bill is the greatest threat to public health since the 1918 influenza pandemic. It will cruelly strip away care for people with preexisting conditions, leaving millions of Americans to die agonizing deaths -- which, of course, Republicans want (Rep. Pelosi declared that they are “maliciously trying to destroy health care.”) She also tossed in a favorite theme of the Democrats, that Republicans will gut Medicare, a claim I’ve heard every election year for over 40 years, as Medicare spending has steadily risen no matter which party was in charge (from $7 billion in 1970 to a projected $949 billion in 2020.)

Amid all this apocalyptic fear-mongering, Rep. Pelosi and her cohorts conveniently forget to mention that the reason there is such urgency to replace the ACA is that it’s not only a drag on the economy and job creation, it’s collapsing by itself due to skyrocketing premiums, customer dissatisfaction and fleeing insurers (for instance, with the impending departures of Aetna, Wellmark and likely Medica, by next year, Iowans may have no choices left at all in the state’s Obamacare insurance exchange). They also never mention that the predictions of how many people won’t have insurance without Obamacare by 2020 include a large number who would voluntarily give up those policies if they were no longer forced by law to buy them. If the system the Democrats created is so beloved, then why is Nancy Pelosi no longer Majority Leader? All things considered, it’s a miracle she’s still Minority Leader.


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Let’s be clear: I am hardly claiming that the GOP bill is perfect. There’s plenty to challenge, and in fact, it already looks as if the Senate will reject it and write their own bill. Those two bills will need to be reconciled, so there’s no point in getting too deep into analyzing the House version yet. But it’s worth pointing out that it does include an extra $8 billion to help people with preexisting conditions.

To put the Democrats’ claims of impending mass death in perspective, Independent Institute senior fellow John Goodman told CNBC that the figures being quoted are wildly inflated and that fewer than one percent of Americans are genuinely uninsurable and need government assistance. CNBC also noted that Medicare, Medicaid and employer-based plans are already barred from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions. When the original ACA bill set up a special bridge program to cover those with pre-existing conditions until Obamacare took effect, only 114,000 people signed up.

The larger question isn’t whether all Americans should have access to good health care. That seems to have mostly been settled in the affirmative. It’s about who should have the power to make decisions regarding your health: you and your doctors, or some faceless, bean-counting bureaucrat. To those who keep pushing for a single-payer system, I’d ask this: If you think the bureaucrats at your insurance company don’t care that much about you, when they at least have to compete for your business, why do you think the bureaucrats in a giant, no-other-choice, government health care system would?

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  • Sheryl Butler

    05/07/2017 05:56 PM

    Wow, some of these comments are ridiculous!

    The Republican's want to redistribute wealth? Are you saying they are taking money away from the poor to give to the rich? Because that is obviously is not the case. So you're upset because they want to take less money from the rich to give to the poor? That would mean they want to redistribute wealth less. Why do you believe you are entitled to money that someone else has earned?

    The same insurance coverage as the rest of us? They do have the same coverage as the rest of us who are employed; insurance provided by our employers. They have insurance provided by the Federal government, like other Federal employees. You think they should lose that benefit?

    Thank you for your explanation Mr Huckabee. While I do agree with most people that this new bill is not better than the old, I certainly don't see how "being a woman is now a pre-existing condition" or many of the other ridiculous things people are claiming.

    My husband has many of health issues including cancer, heart disease and diabetes, but because we are insured and will not be lapsing on our insurance coverage, we don't have to worry about his pre-existing conditions.

  • JORDAN JOHNSON

    05/06/2017 05:24 PM

    The sky is always falling for the democrats especially when the adults (Republicans) are in charge. Yes, we have huge problems in health care. Medicare has overwhelming bureaucracy. A walker with wheels & seat can be bought brand new including shipping for less than seventy dollars on e-bay. Going through medicare requires several professionals to assess then the M.D. to order. Certain conditions should automatically qualify for this medical equipment without having to go through the b.s. We need a revamping of Medicare. Pre-existing conditions are very much a concern. However, a lot of these individuals will be on their employer's plan and/or Medicare. Thank you for keeping us updated. Keep up the good work.

  • Tracy antonelli

    05/06/2017 03:32 PM

    So many postings on Facebook are so inaccurate. ... it drives me crazy. Nice to read a,plain, sane one...

  • Pamela Graves

    05/06/2017 01:52 PM

    The new AHCA is a political abomination upon the American people. DC cannot valance a budget, and now attempts to play God. Shame on all of you who we trusted.

  • Virginia jones

    05/06/2017 11:19 AM

    You obviously have not read the bill. Just the preexisting conditions part is enough to reject this. My rates would skyrocket. I worked hard for 46 yrs as a nurse and then nurse practitioner. The ANA and AMA and AAFP and AARP and American diabetes association have come out against this bill. Thus you are showing your ignorance. Also you are being cruel and mean to the American populace. Shame on you

  • Patricia Johnson

    05/06/2017 10:24 AM

    I don't think Government should be involved in our healthcare to start with. Instead of spending all taxpayer money on it why not give incentives to businesses to provide it like so many did for years for their employees and provide incentives for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals, to cut costs. The nsurance companies and Pharms make huge profits.

  • Hannah Mercer

    05/06/2017 05:54 AM

    Thanks for all your posts on Facebook. I really enjoy them.

  • Thomas J Bulgarella

    05/06/2017 02:17 AM

    I have been fighting stage 4 lung cancer for two years now, as such I was forced to quit my job as it was to much for me to work and fight this insidious illness. Currently my only income is Social Security, From that I must pay rent, food and everything else one would generally pay for. Just basic needs. I have purchased health care on my own through the exchange. All of which must come from a single income of SS. To put limits or even deny me coverage with this so called new Healthcare bill because of a preexisting illness is Insane. The Government might just as well line people up in front of a wall and shoot them in the head. Who are they to have the right who lives or dies, as this will surely happen if pre existing conditions are not included in this so called New health care system. I cannot pay for my health care now without giving up basic needs such as rent, food no need to state the obvious. Just shoot me to end it quickly!!

  • Angela

    05/05/2017 10:48 PM

    If this new health care bill is so great and is not a problem at all for sick people, then why have ALL the organizations that work with health care, support the disabled, and care for children spoken up against it so vehemently?

    I have a son with a disability, and I trust the health care advice of organizations like the ARC and the American Academy of Pediatrics more than I trust a bureaucrat like you. Please try to find it in your heart to care for people like my son, who has epilepsy, a rare genetic disease, and autism.

  • Debra Stansbury

    05/05/2017 10:25 PM

    Exactly!! Think about this people!

  • Bill Street

    05/05/2017 09:17 PM

    This is bs, Obama Care was not going down as the republicans claim. This is strictly a way for republicans to redistribute wealth by taking away and giving tax breaks to the wealthy. All of the 217 reps need to give up their insurance since it is paid with tax payer dollars. You cheap whores, sell your soles to the devil.

  • Joyce Griego

    05/05/2017 03:33 PM

    I agree that we have to get rid of being forced to have insurance. We the people should have the right to make that decision. I had insurance, with low a deductible and was dropped when ACA came into existence. I had to reapply my deductible would have been $6000.00 my premium went up and I am never sick, (Thank God) I told the company I would be paying my premiums, all my medical bills and they would be laughing all the way to the bank, no thanks. I had to get another cut rate type insurance just to keep from getting fined. So much for the "If you have insurance you get to keep it" what lies. I work with billing for insurance through a PT office. People's copays all went up, some as high as $80.00 per visit. someone who has had surgery and needs therapy 2xwk can't afford to take care of themselves. I would say the insurance companies should be regulated so that they don't gouge the people being forced to get insurance. Thank God we are free once again to make our own choices, and decisions, as to whether we want, need , or would rather not have insurances. God Bless you...

  • Ima Jo Sizemore

    05/05/2017 03:17 PM

    Thank you for some common sense. The Democrats have people terrified!

  • Joy Daggett

    05/05/2017 02:15 PM

    Thank you for the information here in the article. I like to have facts to dispute all these liberal loonies who just spew the talking points handed to them by the Democratic leadership (and I use that term loosely! ).

  • Beverly Brumbaugh

    05/05/2017 01:16 PM

    Can you tell me why government employees have a different medical plan that we do. I think everyone would like for all of you to be on the same plan we are so you will actually care if the premiums go up. Why does the government employees have care and salaries for life and nobody else does. That is what people really want to know.

  • George Hunnewrll

    05/05/2017 01:14 PM

    I like Mike! I appreciate your level-headed thinking of which we need more of. Pelosi should be covered under O-care along with the rest of the federal employees. Keep up the good work Mike. God bless you and your family!

  • stacey thompson

    05/05/2017 12:44 PM

    I think the best thing the president did was get rid of obamacare. As a 64yr old female w/ pre existing medical conditions I am concerned, but I have UHC now and I cant even get my Orencia injections because of the cost. The drug company gave me a co-assist pay which means I pay $5 a month and UHC won't honor it therefore I am suppose to come up w/ over $3,000.00 a month for my injections. So I go w/o. My medical conditions are rheumatoid arthritis which now has affected my heart and lungs, so I now have been diagnosed w/ pulmonary hypertension and 3 leaky heart valves. Not a smoker. Like your posts Mike keep us informed.Thank you. To me if obamacare is so good then all those democrats should use it .

  • Dorothy Grappo

    05/05/2017 12:00 PM

    I fail to understand how the government is responsible for insuring anyone. If people can't afford health insurance, shouldn't that be handled at the State level
    with financial assistance from the government if necessary. Obama forced his
    ACA for only one reason - control. One of Alinsky's rules for radicals was to control the people via healthcare because people with health problems can't help themselves so the masses are easily controlled. Where in the Constitution does it say "the government shall provide healthcare". For the past 7 years, time and zillions of dollars have been wasted on this 'disaster' as POTUS so aptly calls it. Overseeing a health plan is not something POTUS should be involved in when we have much bigger concerns such as ISIS, NOKO, infrastructure, illegal immigration/invasion, shootings and bombings, etc. I guess I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I don't even watch FOX anymore.

  • Tammy Battaglia

    05/05/2017 11:56 AM

    I for the life of me can't figure out who and why anyone would vote for Pelosi. I seemed to recall her saying the American people didn't know what was good for them, and stating that they needed to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. It is mind numbing to listen to this woman speak. That and look at the finances of her own state, they are taxing those people to death, and she thinks she represents the little guy???? I seem to recall Trump as much as said that this would be the first of several versions of this bill before it would be complete. I believe his motive is to right by and for the American people. I hope in the end this will reduce costs across the board. My husband had surgery on his knee this year and we are out of pocket almost $6k and we have decent insurance.

  • Linda Patent

    05/05/2017 11:50 AM

    Best comments Ive seen so far Mike. Good Points, One other one that I saw was when Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), Walked to the podium on two prosthetic legs, and the Army veteran made his case for the AHCA. Mast argued that every American with a pre-existing condition should be asking themselves how they still have coverage as insurance providers continue to rapidly drop out of Obamacare.
    “Who is it that’s going out there and saying pre-existing conditions won’t be covered? It is the exact same group of people that went out there and lied to the face of every single American, telling them that if they like their plan, they would keep their doctor; if they like their doctor, they would keep their doctor,” Mast added. “That was a bald-faced lie.”
    It would seem that the Democrats want everyone to hate this healthcare bill even in its infancy

  • Kathleen Morris

    05/05/2017 11:49 AM

    Perfect article

  • Alan Russell

    05/05/2017 11:48 AM

    Why is no one talking the outrageous cost of Healthcare in general. If the cost of medication and medical care were not so ridiculously high the insurance cost would be more affordable.
    I spent 3 days in the hospital in 2009 not in intensive care mind you, and the hospital bill alone was 63,000 dollars. This did not include doctors bill.
    How can this be justified?
    Medication is out if sight and we all want insurance to cover it but what no one wants to admit is that as the medicine and the cost of medical care is outrageous than so will be the cost if insurance that is supposed to pay for it.
    Lets really look at the medical system from top to bottom!

  • Jeanne Hopkins

    05/05/2017 11:46 AM

    What I find the most disturbing is that Republicans are working against our President and giving the Democrats more power than they should have. I don't know how the new healthcare bill will affect my family and I because we have group insurance through my husband's job, however, I live in Arizona which had one of the highest, if not the highest, jump in premiums. When people would rather be penalized for not having insurance than to actually be insured, that is a problem no matter which party you voted for! Since the MSM is in the Democrat's back pocket, the truth will never come out as to what positive changes this bill may have until (if) it passes. It must be exhausting to be a Liberal. They stay up all night looking for new ways to perpetrate their crazy lies and agendas. Personally, I sleep quite well at night...

  • Lynn Vicker

    05/05/2017 11:26 AM

    From what has been said in the media, the way the GOP healthcare bill is currently written, senior citizens can be charged 3 - 5 times more for their Medicare supplement insurance. This could cause senior citizens to drop their supplemental insurance plans due to lack of affordability. If this is true, we hope it is changed when it is rewritten by the Senate.

  • Shirley West

    05/05/2017 11:16 AM

    I agree with you 100%. HOWEVER, I work in healthcare, and government SERIOUSLY needs to remove themselves completely from governing our healthcare! What we need more than anything, government limiting Insurance companies! BEFORE Obamacare, generic drugs were affordable, not now! Even to the point of needing priorauthoriztions for generic! Insurance companies dictating what tests are done or NOT done! I want my trusted doctor to be able to treat and help without the insurance company's interference! Before Obamacare we had affordable insurance with an affordable deductible, now we have MediShare! Thanking the good Lord for this option! Thanks for letting me vent...

  • Paul Kelly

    05/05/2017 11:07 AM

    It's not all good; it's not all bad.

    No problem on pre-existing although that is where all the screaming is. An insurance company cannot decline you on coverage or raise the price IF you maintain coverage. If, however, you wait until you are sick, and then want to buy coverage, they can slap you with a 30% increase in premiums for one year. Sounds fair to me.

    Subsidies are shifting to age based and less income based. Some good and some bad in that. Mostly depends on what state decides.

    Disappointed that they didn't incluse selling across state lines.

    Remember this is first draft only. Senate has to weigh in.