My first reaction was that Better Care Reconciliation Act is a stupid name for a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
I have not heard a single specific criticism of BCRA by the Democratic leadership.
Nancy Pelosi said the bill will kill hundred of thousands of people. Hillary Clinton said it was a death bill. Chuck Schumer told the American people it is a terrible bill and leave millions uninsured. They all said it is going to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
The evidence for these statements has not been presented.
Democrats have used these scare tactics so often that no one believes them anymore.
Americans are smarter than that.
Republicans have not explained the strategy behind BCRA in making the healthcare system better than Obamacare either.
All I have heard from President Trump is that it is a beautiful bill. It will make our healthcare system great.
At present Obamacare has left 26 million uninsured and rising. It has only insured less than ten million people in the individual market.
Obamacare is also unaffordable. The deductibles are as high as $6500 before any insurance kicks in. People who buy the insurance have no insurance until they spend more than $6500.
I don’t understand the Senate Republicans who want a perfect conservative bill. They are not going to get it. They will yield the floor to the minority Democrats.
The turkey buzzards are circling the corpse already. The corpse being Obamacare and the Republican replacement
Elizabeth Warren said we must go to the next steps which is a single party payer system now.
I believe Obamacare is going to self-destruct in 2018 if nothing is passed immediately.
The choice for the Republicans who are oppose compromise and the passing of BCRA is clear to me.
Either the Republicans pass this bill and have a chance for a free market healthcare system or reject it and end up with a failed Obamacare healthcare system.
Everyone knows the replacement for a failed Obamacare system is a single party payer system just like the VA Healthcare System.
A single party payer system will be an unaffordable disaster.
I will not comment on the specifics of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) except to say it is not perfect.
Let us see if it passes and what form takes. I will make some comments at that time.
President Trump needs BCRA to pass in order to make significant inroads in reforming the tax code.
I would be a pity if his fellow Republicans tied his hand on significant tax reform to simplify the tax code.
My hope is that Tom Price knows how to fix the healthcare system once the house and senate agree on specifics of the bill in conference.
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