If I may belabor the point: The House GOP health plan is a boon to the rich and a punishment of lower and middle class workers. Thanks, Donald, for hearing the pleas of forgotten America away from the coastal elite zones. Architect Paul Ryan had an uncomfortable moment on generosity to the rich with an unlikely questioner, illustrated above.
How big a boon? Check this in New York Times:
Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $157 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to a congressional analysis.
The assessment was made by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan panel that provides research on tax issues.
…People making $200,000 to $999,999 a year would also get sizable tax cuts. In total, the two provisions would cut taxes by about $274 billion during the coming decade, virtually all of it for people making at least $200,000, according to a separate assessment by the committee.
Poor folks will get a health savings account or some such to pay for more expensive health insurance, if it’s available at all as insurance companies adjust for providing pre-existing condition coverage to a smaller pool of customers once the mandate to purchase insurance is gone. I like an Internet net meme going around, crediting Jimmy Carter with saying giving a poor person a health savings account is like giving a starving person a cookbook. Don’t know that he said it, but the simile is apt.
Republicans in Arkansas are already chortling about how many people will be cut from the Medicaid expansion roles by Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s ideas, apart from whatever fresh hell Congress visits on the low-income workers of Arkansas when they repeal Obamacare. Some 60,000 (eople with subsistence income from honest labor) will be shifted from full government coverage to the health marketplace where many undoubtedly won’t be able to afford the insurance, subsidies or no.