What’s the GOP plan in case the Supremes actually do axe the Affordable Care Act? It’s contained in this box.
Nothing, of course. Absolutely nothing.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Thursday said Congressional Republicans would not unite around specific legislation to replace President Obama’s national health care law this year, but would instead present an alternative market-based “vision.”
In their 2010 “Pledge to America,” Republicans vowed to “repeal and replace” Obamacare if they gained power. Though the GOP-controlled House has voted to repeal the law since taking power in January 2011, it has not yet offered replacement legislation. If the U.S. Supreme Court were to strike down the law next month, Republicans would receive increased scrutiny about their lack of a plan to replace it.
“We do feel obligated to articulate our vision for replace,” Ryan said when asked about the matter during an editorial meeting with the Washington Examiner. “Now, we’ve got nine weeks of session left. Do we want to cram through our own 2,700 page vision? No, that’s what the country hated. But do we believe in patient-centered health care and market-based medicine? A lot of us have put time and effort into this, yeah.”
Luckily Paul Ryan doesn’t actually have to do anything to give us a “market-centered approach” should the law struck down, because that would be called “America before the Affordable Care Act was passed.” You know, where death panels full of insurance claims adjusters and approvers would simply declare people too sick for insurance and medical care would become unaffordable and retroactively deny valid coverage they didn’t feel like paying for through rescission or imposing lifetime plan coverage limits. And if you somehow believe Republicans will make insurance companies pay for the “popular” parts of the ACA without the mandate to spread around risk and cost, you probably do need medical attention.
Of course, if Ryan’s previous plan was passed, we could just turn everyone over to these market solutions, including Medicare, Medicaid and VA patients. They’ll end up as what’s in the box too.