Fear not, America. When the black-robed junta guts your insurance coverage at the behest of the right-wing rump of American politics, the Republicans have a plan:
Congressional Republican leaders say they have a fallback plan ready to go if the Supreme Court cripples a core component of Obamacare this month.
But the details of the plan are being kept secret.
“We’ll have a plan that makes sense for the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday in a radio interview with The Joe Elliott Show.
“We’ll let you know depending on the outcome of the decision.”
But what’s in the plan?
“We’ll let you know depending on the outcome of the decision,” the Kentucky Republican said, referring to the case King v. Burwell, which is expected to be decided this month.
Bloomberg tried to get answers Tuesday from the senior Republicans who work on health policy. Their fallback plan might interest millions of Americans who stand to lose their insurance subsidies, as well as the insurance industry, which would likely lose many customers and be compelled raise premiums. Details to come, the planners say.
I imagine this is like the secret plan Donald Trump (aka Fuckface von Clownstick) has sequestered for future use. The Republicans are becoming increasingly shrill because they realize that they are going to get the blame for millions of people suddenly having no healthcare, and they are in a full-on panic:
The hearing got off to a fast start. The chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, skipped the usual pleasantries and jumped right into criticism of the health care law and the way it had been carried out by President Obama.
“Obamacare is just flat busted,” Mr. Ryan said. “It just doesn’t work, and no fix can change that fact. Its central principle is government control. That means higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality. The answer isn’t just to tighten a few screws. The answer is to repeal and replace this law with patient-centered reforms.”
After listening to Ms. Burwell for two hours on Wednesday, Mr. Ryan expressed frustration. Administration officials, he said, “refuse to entertain the notion that the health care law might be struck down,” and they have not developed a backup plan.
The senior Democrat on the committee, Representative Sander M. Levin of Michigan, defended the law, telling Republicans: “What’s busted is not the Affordable Care Act, but your attacks on it, endless attacks. You never come up with single comprehensive alternative.”
Secretary of the HHS, Sylvia Burwell (a West Virginia native, btw), had the temerity to point out to the zombie-eyed granny starver that it isn’t up to the administration to craft a plan after Ryan and his cronies kill the current successful plan, and it will be on Congress to draft a fix and the red state governors to deal with the mess (since they haven’t set up exchanges). That’s what prompted this outburst from the so-called “policy wonk” of the right.
They are fucked, and they know it. It’s just a god damned shame they are going to hurt so many people in the process.