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The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: How Republicans could fix health care

Author: Wayne Laugesen - March 15, 2017 - Updated: March 15, 2017


President Donald Trump made ridiculous promises about health care on his way to the White House.

“Everybody’s got to be covered,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in 2015.

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” he told The Washington Post in a Jan. 15 interview.

He then aligned himself with a weird Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with something critics call “Obamacare Lite.”

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Monday that the bill would cost 24 million Americans their health care coverage by 2026.

Colorado economist Linda Gorman of the Denver-based Independence Institute, a free market think tank, eviscerates the plan as a “sham” in an article for The Hill.

Like Obamacare and most politician-inspired proposals, the Republican plan tinkers with federal subsidies and a host of boring details regarding tax credits, cost-sharing provisions and other internal mechanisms of the insurance market.

It’s all about who’s going to pay for what and the hoops one must jump through to get someone else to pay a bill. The plan is all about coverage, not about care.

Read more at The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Wayne Laugesen