Friday, March 24, 2017

Suicidal Herd Mentality

The first mistake was to insist that Obamacare be repealed and replaced immediately. This prompted Paul Ryan to lift most of Obamacare into RyanCare.  Repealing Obamacare should free consumers and insurance companies and providers to get rid of the Obamacare straightjacket and return to healthcare as it was in 2008, before Obamacare.


The cry for all Republicans to vote for the RyanCare Bill is suicidal.  If the votes are not there, the RyanCare Bill should be abandoned.  It is complicated and has too many moving parts.  It isn’t clear why the Senate couldn’t use the nuclear option on a simple Obamacare “repeal” Bill.


Trump should have warned voters how messy this could get.


Trying to begin the repeal/replace process using “Reconciliation” to get it passed in the Senate with 51 votes makes no sense if the Senate could use the nuclear option.


Medicare reform is included in RyanCare, but we don’t know what changes.


RyanCare includes a provision for States to receive $15 billion to pay for patient’s medical bills.


Mental health funding is in question, but should be an option to pick and should have its own limits imposed by insurance companies, like a mental health lifetime max.


The 30% penalty insurance companies would charge for pre-existing conditions is in RyanCare.


Reducing malpractice cost is its own battle and should be in a separate bill.  The facts need to be laid out, so that voters know what is at stake. The first option is to ban civil malpractice suits and let the medical associations handle cases. This would be a battle between lawyers and consumers.  RyanCare doesn’t address this.


Resistance to RyanCare will not dissuade the House from passing tax reform.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

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