Healthcare

In the GOP’s pell-mell rush to pass an Obamacare repeal, there has been no time for what John McCain calls ‘regular order’ — in which bills are debated, and a full CBO score calculated. Nevertheless, the CBO has managed to issue a partial analysis of the Graham-Cassidy offering. And to no one’s surprise, it is brutal.

Millions would lose their insurance. Others would have to pony up far more for their coverage — often a shadow of what they had before. Protections for pre-existing conditions would be gone. And women’s health would be devastated.

If there is one silver lining in this mess, it is that over the next decade there would be savings of $133 billion.

But don’t mistake this benefit for a Republican desire for fiscal probity. No sooner would it be realized, than it would be thrown away. In short order, the Republicans turn to tax cuts for the wealthy — with its concomitant increase in the deficit.

For almost 40 years, right-wing politicians have been driven by an insatiable desire to give the rich more money. The current lot have added a pathological desire to rid the nation of anything Obama. Republicans once paid lip service to balanced budgets. Now they don’t even pretend to care.

The usual smoke and mirrors of ‘dynamic scoring’ is spouted — but even the fiscal hawks know it’s a crock.

In short, for Republicans, it is business as usual. Take something away from the 90% to give it to the 1%. Because the rich have suffered enough.

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