Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What will Republicans do for King v. Burwell victims? They have absolutely no idea.

Late last week, House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) was asked what Congress would do if the Supreme Court decides to take away subsidies from the approximately 7 million participants the federal Obamacare exchange by ruling with the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell. The answer? They have no freakin' clue:
Republicans are developing a “contingency plan” to address the states whose residents would lose subsidies while lawmakers work on a full replacement for the Affordable Care Act, Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters Friday in Washington.
“What’s the bridge out of Obamacare for people in the states that just lost it?” Ryan said during a Bloomberg Television interview Friday. “What we want to do is give the states freedom to let their people go into a patient-centered health care system, which will look like what we would ultimately like to replace Obamacare with.”
In other words: they're not going to issue the technical fix that would allow the law to work the way everyone acknowledges it was intended to work, because the goal has always been to destroy the law. What will they do? They have absolutely no idea, but whatever it is, it will end up being whatever it is that they'll end up drafting to replace Obamacare. Of course, the last "Obamacare replacement" that Republicans came up with wasn't so much a replacement as it was a much crappier version that offered fewer subsidies and eliminated many of the law's basic consumer protections.

Every day, Republicans make it harder and harder for both the Roberts Court and for the general public to take them seriously.

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