ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

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  1. George Grumbach says:

    The chickens are coming home to roost. All those promises about no one being worse off in their health care are now shown by the impartial Congressional Budget Office to have been a 24 million victim lie. That’s why Trump, who used to quote approvingly from the CBO, has been engaged in the past week or two in suddenly claiming that the CBO is not to be trusted. It’s more of the same: claim that the media publish fake news and journalists are “enemies of the people.” But it’s a little too cute. If Trump and Ryan had not been afraid of the truth, why did they pass the Obama repeal in the dark of night with no advance disclosure and before the CBO could evaluate it? As lawyers used to say, when the law is against you, rely on the facts. When the facts are against you, pound on the table. But that doesn’t work for long. When 14 million people lose their health insurance in the next years, and 10 million more by 2024, pounding on the table, Twitter storms won’t cut it. It’s one thing to believe that Trump will solve all the problems and vote for him. It’s another when you or some family member gets sick and turned away from a health care provider.

  2. George Grumbach says:

    One day later, and the news (maybe it’s fake) that some Republican legislators are having doubts about the wisdom of kicking 24 million people out of health insurance. More amazing: it is reported that even Trump’s advisors are warning him to disavow The Republican healthcare plan. For seven years the Republicans have been crying for ACA repeal to be replaced by a “better” plan. And now, this is what they have cobbled together in secrecy. Even more bizarre, several Republican congressmen were asked on news shows how many of their constituents were insured under the ACA and might lose coverage. They were clueless and grossly underestimated the real numbers. I also wonder whether some of the usual commentators on this page have been silent in the past couple of days because they are checking what health coverage they and their families stand to lose. This is where the rubber meets the road.

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