I was listening to a GOP congressman the other day talking about his $12,000 deductible. I am not sure what state he was buying insurance in, but if he is dumb enough to choose a plan with a $12,000 deductible, then he shouldn't be spending our money in Congress.
Let us hope this is another one of Donald Trump's lies. He did tell us that more people attended his inauguration than any other. He did say that Obama was listening to his phone calls (Of course the NSA was -- they listen to everyone.). Then there are the millions of illegal votes, so I guess I shouldn't be too worried about what the Donald says.
I am worried, though, that Obamacare will be repealed without an adequate replacement. The GOP says Obamacare is redistribution of wealth from the wealthy to the poor. They want the money back. They want to take from the poor and give it back to the rich.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing Obamacare will save the government over 300 billion dollars. Of course it does. The savings all come on the backs of the poor. Most of the savings will come from ending the expanded support from the federal government to states for Medicaid expansion. The rest of the savings will come from ending subsidies to help individuals purchase insurance. So the cuts are taking support away from the people who need it to afford insurance.
Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), after getting grilled at town hall meetings in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, told reporters that she and a number of her colleagues are undecided on the Republican bill to replace Obamacare. Ernst said she was concerned that people who need the assistance would fall through the cracks. While that sounds promising, she also said that Obamacare was not sustainable.
Ernst's comments do show that there is a chance to kill the repeal and replacement bill that is scheduled for a vote in the House on Thursday. If Joni Ernst has concerns, then it is possible to flip three Republican senators.