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Thu May 31, 2012, 07:30 AM

The Audacity of GOP Dopes on Health Care

Michael Tomasky on the Audacity of GOP Dopes on Health Care
by Michael Tomasky May 31, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
After attacking the Affordable Care Act for three years, Republicans now say they’d like to keep its most popular provisions. How convenient—and how clueless.



In three weeks or so, the Supreme Court will rule on health care. Republicans have been discussing what they might do in the event that poor, beleaguered John Roberts manages to withstand that vicious assault of the liberals and to lead a majority that strikes down the individual mandate. This one is a classic, folks. After spending three years lying their eyes out about the bill and tearing this country apart over it, it now turns out that they may well want to keep several of its provisions. And of course they want to keep the easy and fun stuff and get rid of all that bad-bad-bad stuff, but what they don’t understand—or more likely do understand but refuse to acknowledge—is that the good doesn’t work without the "bad." It’s breathtaking and ignorant—whether breathtakingly ignorant or ignorantly breathtaking I’m not quite sure. Call it the audacity of dopes.

Two weeks ago, John Boehner was insisting that “Obamacare” must be repealed lock, stock, and barrel. Some other Republicans wanted the slightly less radical approach of keeping some aspects of the law. A few days ago, some in the House warmed to this idea. Now, TPM is reporting that Senate Republicans are hopping on the piecemeal train.

The idea is to preserve the language that requires insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions, because everyone likes that; to continue to permit young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance, because that’s helpful, especially in a rocky economy; and to press forward with eliminating the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole,” whereby seniors have to pay 100 percent of medication costs within a certain price range.

The last two are fine. But that first one is the gobsmacker. You cannot just make insurance companies cover really sick people. Sick people are expensive people, and insurers’ costs will shoot to the heavens, and those costs of course will be passed along to everyone else. Is there a solution to this problem? Yes. The solution is to get more people in the insurance pool—especially more healthy people, who don’t cost a lot to cover. Then, insurers have more money to use paying for the care of the sick people. But since you can’t just wish for more healthy people to buy insurance, you have to figure out some way to get them to do so. And hence ... the individual mandate. It broadens the pool and brings premiums down. It’s how you manage to pay for all those people who need radiation and chemo and dialysis.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 07:38 AM

1. This is political.

It's easy to support the popular parts and criticize the unpopular if you don't think that your criticisms will actually change anything or that you can deny any responsibility for the results if they do.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #1)

Thu May 31, 2012, 08:06 AM

3. +1

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 11:00 AM

6. Scuba

Luv your picture!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 08:04 AM

2. If SCOTUS kills ACA, the financial backlash will be immediate.

I'll probably say "screw it" and drop my private health ins. It's costing $1200/mo and I still have to pay for costs up to $5000/year. Might as well take the risk that I'll make it to 62 in one piece. If enough people do it, the only logical alternative will be single-payer....which is what we should have gone after in the 1st place.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 08:52 AM

4. Technicality question:

Hasn't the Supreme Court already made their ruling? It's just that in three weeks we will find out what that ruling is. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #4)

Thu May 31, 2012, 08:56 AM

5. They have not to my knowledge. They're still ponderin', and

we'll find out the result some time in June. If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will tell me.

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