The latest chapter in the fight to destroy Obamacare might be the dumbest episode yet, in an already extremely dumb process.
We know with relative certainty that the Republican crusade to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has little or nothing to do with improving health insurance for average Americans. It’s entirely about orchestrating a political stunt to pacify Republican voters who know even less about health care than the stupids they voted for. It’s all about trolling the left and undermining Barack Obama’s presidential legacy. Nothing more.
The proof is easily revealed by looking at the bills the congressional Republicans have collectively proposed so far. While there are plenty of stellar endorsements from the Republicans who have voted to support the various iterations of the repeal and replace process, there aren’t any reputable health care experts or organizations who have offered similarly favorable reviews.
This time around, the A-list medical experts who’ve rejected the “Graham-Cassidy” bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., include the AARP, the Catholic Health Association, the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the ALS Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the March of Dimes and many more. Likewise, the leading health insurance lobbying firm, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), along with Blue Cross Blue Shield, announced their opposition to Graham-Cassidy on Thursday.
The colossally important question these groups have raised for Trump Republicans — voters and leadership alike — is whether politicians like Graham and Trump know more about health care than AHIP and the American Medical Association do. In case you’re reading this and saying to yourself, Dammit, the People know what’s best when it comes to their health care!, polling for the various repeal-and-replace bills has lingered at around 10 to 20 percent.