The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act edged toward collapse on Monday after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026.
Two Republicans, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, said Monday that they would vote against even debating the health care bill, joining Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, who made the same pledge on Friday. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin hinted that he, too, would probably oppose taking up the bill on a procedural vote expected as early as Tuesday, meaning a collapse could be imminent.
When you delve into the details of what this bill would do, it looks even meaner, not to mention that it violates Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Medicaid. Under this bill, older people could be disproportionately hurt because they pay more for insurance in general.
Both chambers’ bills would allow insurers to charge older people five times as much as younger ones; the limit now is three times.
And all of this so the rich can get a tax cut they don’t need. Those in the top 0.1%, earning $5 million or more, would receive an average tax cut of nearly $250,000 in 2026, according to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center. Those in the top 1%, who earn $875,000 and up, would see an average tax savings of $45,500 a year.
Now that is about as mean as it gets. Congress has lost touch with the people and will surely lose their seats if they keep this up.