I may not be the smartest guy in the world, but I do see something weird going on in US politics. The weird thing is that one of the two parties has detached itself from the rules of debate.
To have a debate, one is supposed to abide by certain basic rules. One of those rules is to have at least a passing regard for the truth. So,, for example, if in a heated debate, I shout out “black is white”, I should expect to lose. Right? I show a certain disrespect for those rules when — if called out — I body slam someone who asks me about it.
So if I were a republican and I shouted out that my health care reform bill will not adversely affect people, and it comes out that it will have exactly that effect for millions?
For weeks now, Republicans have claimed that their new bill will protect sicker Americans. “It will be every bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare,” President Trump told Bloomberg earlier this month. House Speaker Paul Ryan has a website up, right now, where he declares “VERIFIED: MacArthur and Upton Amendments Strengthen AHCA, Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions.”
Right. Now check out what the CBO says about the same bill
People who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all — despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums. As a result, the nongroup markets in those states would become unstable for people with higher-than-average expected health care costs.
Errr … what is going on?
The Republican plan achieves lower premiums by breaking the promise to protect preexisting conditions. Premiums drop because sick people who need coverage more would drop out of the marketplace. This plan does not deliver on that promise in any way, shape, or form.
Well, obviously the only solution here is to start body slamming reporters who ask about health care. And that is exactly what Montana GOP House candidate Gianforte just did.
Who needs debate when a good body slam will do just fine?