Bizarro World: Some Republicans Now Defending "Failing" ObamaCare

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For months now we've warned, as have many prominent Republican legislators, that Obamacare is on the verge of collapse (see "Obamacare On "Verge Of Collapse" As Premiums Set To Soar Again In 2017"). 

It's not that shocking really as the fundamental concept behind the legislation made it doomed from the start.  The idea was that, out of an abundance of compassion for their elders, young, healthy millennial families would fork up $10s of thousands of dollars each year to purchase health insurance they didn't really need.  Those premiums would then be used to subsidize care for the elderly who consume more than their "fair share," to quote Obama.

Unfortunately, the basic math skills of our young millennials turned out to be better than the Obama administration had planned for and they figured out they were better off just paying the Obamacare tax to the IRS than paying the larger Obamacare 'tax' associated with buying a service they never use.  This "adverse selection bias" left risk pools way worse than insurers planned, which drove premiums even higher, which forced even more young people to ditch their insurance and the cycle will continue until the system ultimately fails.

In fact, as we pointed out last week, Knoxville, TN could be ground zero for the Obamacare explosion as it's 40,000 residents live in a county that has been left with no healthcare options for the 2018 plan year after Humana pulled out of exchanges there.

And, with the fate of Obamacare all but sealed, you can imagine our shock to learn that several House Republicans are now apparently warming up to the legislation.

One such person is Patrick McHenry of North Carolina who says that any efforts of the Trump administration to lure votes from the Freedom Caucus by relaxing rules to allow insurance providers to charge people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums would be a "bridge too far" for some more moderate Republicans.  Per The Hill:

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), the GOP’s chief deputy whip, said Wednesday that the Freedom Caucus's calls for states to be able to apply for waivers to repeal pre-existing condition protections are “a bridge too far for our members.”


Those ObamaCare protections include what is known as community rating, which prevents insurers from charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, and guaranteed issue, which prevents insurers from outright denying coverage to them.


McHenry spoke in personal terms about the importance of keeping in place those Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions, contained in Title I of the law.


“If you look at the key provisions of Title I, it affects a cross section of our conference based off of their experience and the stories they know from their constituents and their understanding of policy,” McHenry said.


“My family history is really bad, and so my understanding of the impact of insurance regs are real, and I believe I'm a conservative, so I look at this, understand the impact of regulation, but also the impact of really bad practices in the insurance marketplace prior to the ACA passing,” he continued. “There are a lot of provisions that I've campaigned on for four election cycles that are part of the law now that I want to preserve.”

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Meanwhile, other Republicans are also supporting ObamaCare's expanion of Medicaid and the so-called "minimum coverage" mandate that, among other things, requires men to pay for maternity benefits...and while it may now be customary for our snowflakes to "choose" their own gender, we're pretty sure that biology doesn't actually work that way. 

Many Republicans from states that accepted ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid are supporting keeping it.


A group of Republican senators, including Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, last month objected to a draft of the House GOP repeal bill because it did not “provide stability and certainty for individuals and families in Medicaid expansion programs or the necessary flexibility for states.”


The House bill would effectively end the Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) warned that change “affects so many of our disabled individuals and families, and the working poor.”


Republicans had long derided ObamaCare’s “essential health benefits,” which mandate 10 health services that insurance plans must cover. They have said, for example, that men should not be forced to pay for plans that cover maternity care.


But now some Republicans are speaking up in favor of those requirements, including the chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.).


“In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues,” Frelinghuysen wrote in a statement last month announcing he would oppose the House GOP repeal bill.


House Republicans even touted an amendment on Thursday that they said would bring down premiums by the government helping to pay for the costs of high-cost enrollees. That program is very similar to one that already existed in ObamaCare, called “reinsurance.”

Of course, it's looking increasingly likely that former House Speaker John Boehnor was right about Republicans and healthcare all long when said that the idea of a quick repeal and replace was just "happy talk....Republicans never ever agree on health care."

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Mr Pink's picture

Can we all go back to the old timeline now? This April fool's joke isn't funny any more

Lumberjack's picture

Global warming did for that carbon tax and bonuses for the perps that caused this fucking mess.

Jim Sampson's picture

OT but had to tell this... HARP2.0 is a thing??? HomeAgainNevada has a commercial for this! When did this happen???

Never One Roach's picture

If SoweetoCare is so great, force all government employees to be on it also.

I have a message for those Democrats and Republicans who support this forced tax bill called Obamacare...

"Fuck you!"

Forcing a small portion of the middle class to buy this shit plan to subsidize the FSA is so anti-American it's unspeakable.

NoDebt's picture

If the Rs love it so much maybe they should just pass single-payer government-run healthcare and be done with it.  


MalteseFalcon's picture

Trumpcare = Obamacare = Romneycare.

You don't like paying twice the first world average?

Sucks to be you.

JRobby's picture

Why is it "bizzare" when WHOLLY OWNED REPUBS only support what they are paid (by the Healthcare Insurer's) to support?

When wll the sheep wake up to the fact the REPUB vs DEM is a sham, "divide and conquer" tecnique that is almost as old as time?

WHY do people think any meaningful legislation on healthcare or tax reform will occur until AN INCUMBENT BLOODBATH takes place in Nov 2018 ?????? 

runswithscissors's picture

force all government employees to be on it also...FORCE them to pay their "fair share" too

The Wizard's picture

They are realizing how much tax revenue the government will lose with TaxCare no longer collecting. RINO's are part of the One Party.

Mr Blue's picture
Mr Blue (not verified) The Wizard Apr 10, 2017 5:35 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Bad Attitude's picture

Obamacare was never funny. Of several options that would have provided care for the people they claimed were uninsured, Obama and the Democrats picked the most expensive and most disruptive option. Just let it all collapse.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Darkthirty's picture

Enforcing anti-trust laws on the medical cartel.

Billy the Poet's picture

I propose that all the strangers who want to interfere with my medical decisions should drop dead.

stljoe's picture

Best proposal I have heard.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Topic: Bizarro World: Some Republicans Now Defending "Failing" ObamaCare

My response: TRUMP is dealing with a SWAMP that is DEEP and WIDE.


Freddie's picture

Jared Kushner-Fogle and Ivanka. Friends of Chelsea and Soros.

Billy the Poet's picture

The swamp is wet, deep and wide so Trump just moved to the other side.

junction's picture

Let's subsidize Obamacare with the income from a flat 50% income tax on every taxpayer's earnings over $10 million a year from any source - wages, dividends, capital gains, etc.  No deductions or tax shelters or loopholes for this income.  Under $10 million a year in income, all the regular tax rules and tax shelters still apply. Bush and Obama shoveled trillions of dollars into the 1/10 of 1%, let's try to claw back some of those corrupt government handouts.

Lanka's picture

And while you are at it, remove the annual limit on payment of Social Security Tax (Approx. 1nnual income of $120,000) and then the SS fund becomes solvent overnight. 

Jein's picture

You all realize this is what Bernie Sanders wanted and you assholes called him a communist

vato poco's picture

"math is hard! (tee-hee!)" - Barbie

Normalcy Bias's picture

There's nothing bizarro about this.

Lots of these scumbags were involved in the very creation of Barry's Bathhouse Rape of the American People.

'Government' for the Highest Bidder - that's where we are, and you're kidding yourselves if you think otherwise.

Never One Roach's picture

The fact republicans allowed this tax to be passed in the beginning shows how little most repugnicans care about you and me also.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Lets be real. Every person in Congress is a sock puppet for some special interest that by definition is not in the People's interest.

drendebe10's picture

Stoopud fukn corrupt elected political turds Fukemall

Future Jim's picture

They're all on the same side. Any prominent opposition is controlled opposition.

Oldwood's picture

Anyone who has been listening to Republicans knows that most have been? promoting the notion of keeping all the goodies that push costs up while pushing"repeal" of the mandatory premiums and penalties the were supposed to make it "affordable" (and obviously failed). They all want to provide the goodies to buy votes but only differ in how (or if) to pay for it. It is not possible to have affordable insurance that covers everything and everybody. Insurance IS another wealth redistribution scheme destined to fail as they all do as it creates a dependency on other people's money....That eventually runs out or runs away.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Correct. At this point, there's only a sliver of veneer covering over the open war against the bottom 99.9% in this country.

Lanka's picture

Nothing changes until someone (?) arrests the 5000+ pedos, en masse, in the upper ranks of the USGov/StateGov/Law Enforcement/Political Parties/Complicit Corporations/Hollywood.

navy62802's picture

If you have not realized it yet, you are watching the slow-motion death of American politics.

nmewn's picture

A cold civil war, "creative destruction" perhaps...but one thing is certain we are finding out who the closeted authoritarians are. 

Zorba's idea's picture

One thing that would get the attention of all the CONgressional whores and deep staters is come April 18th all "Fly-over" nation withold paying their Federal taxes. Put it in an escrow account. Imagine 60 to 70 million taxpayers in unison saying I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.  Then we should busload a few million into DC and stay until we get Repeal/Replace, Tax Reform for MAINSTREET...small busines and middle class, a minimum of 80% of the total value of the Tax Relief, OUT of the MIC's ME crusades, Term limits, End Citizens United, Revoke Corporate Citizenship, and End the FED. Feel free to add any additional reforms. We need a HOT civil war not a Cold one.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Where is the Kenyan Teflon Faggot? Is he still blowing monkeys on an island somewhere?

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Holder said he is "cumming" and he is "ready to roll!" Oops did I misspell a word?

B1G mNy's picture

There is no defense of that horrible law. Repeal that mofo!

Never One Roach's picture

It's a total piece of shit and they know it.

SilverRoofer's picture

Put it back to the way it was before this bullshit was installed

Seal's picture


jamesmmu's picture

Members Of The Government Are Being Blackmailed – They Play To The Tune Of Their Puppet Masters – Including The President.

Mtnrunnr's picture

turns out, ruling is hard. side note: there is no fix.

rejected's picture

" Those premiums would then be used to subsidize care for the elderly who consume more than their "fair share," to quote Obama."

It's always the fault of Grandma and Grandpa who have been paying 6-7 pct of their income for the last 40 years and now are assholes for wanting medical care after government and the corporations have priced it to the moon. Yep, it's never the government, never the corporations. Always Granny.

No, The problem is Medicaid,,, not Medicare which they're robbing for the Obamacare creature used to fund Medicaid. 

Author must be a poorly informed millennial that hates anyone over 55.

Never One Roach's picture

Part of the problem is working American subsidize all the immigrants who gradually qualify for FRE everything including health care.

i went to have a couple of check-up blood tests the other day and the wiaitn groom was literally packed/overflowing with speaking immigrants. The lady said it would be a 2 hour wait! I asked her wtf?! and she said, "Yes, it's incredible but they all get their blood work for free now....'


Ron Paul is 100% correct---Trump and the lazy bastards in Congress need to cut these benefits for people who have never paid a penny into the system and now get all sorts of free shit subsidized by hard working Americans and retired folks who worked and contributed their entire lives.

SheHunter's picture

And meanwhile a 29 year old veteran, brain scrambled and terrified to be inside any  building, is sleeping under an abandoned school bus next to the railroad tracks in Rawlins, Wyoming when it is 20 degrees below zero unable to get on the endlessly long waiting list for psychological help.  Anyone wonder why I, and millions of other Americans are mad as fuck?

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Obviously they aren't on the chopping block come midterms. And they aren't really "republicans".

YourAverageJoe's picture

Fuck it. Just fuck it all.

mpcascio's picture

It's the Russians !