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A Horrible GOP Health Bill is About to Get Much, Much Worse

A Horrible GOP Health Bill is About to Get Much, Much Worse
By Ron Pollack
It's hard to imagine that the recently withdrawn GOP health bill could get any worse.

The bill cuts off insurance for 24 million people. It raises premiums for many others, especially low-income families and older people. It jeopardizes health coverage for approximately 70 million people who count on Medicaid for their lifeline. It plays Robin-Hood-in-reverse by reducing $880 billion in federal health funding for the poor and showers almost $600 billion of it in unneeded tax breaks for the rich and corporate interests.

Little wonder, therefore, that the American public loathes this hastily and poorly conceived legislation. A national poll issued shortly before the bill was withdrawn showed that, by a margin of 56-17, the public opposed this proposal.

So, how in the world can this bill get any worse? The answer unfortunately is quite simple: The Trump Administration desperately wants a health bill -- virtuall…
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Decades of Bending the Arc toward Health Coverage Justice – with the Destination Still Ahead

By Ron Pollack

Starting in 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were enacted into law, our nation incrementally bent the arc toward the crowning achievement in health coverage justice: universal health insurance. That progress has been substantial – with enhancements in people gaining coverage occurring throughout the years thereafter, culminating in the historic Affordable Care Act (ACA). But we still have a long way to go.

The adoption of Medicare and Medicaid, passed despite ardent opposition by the American Medical Association (with its negative advertising featuring then-actor Ronald Reagan), was a milestone achievement.
Medicare was a huge leap forward in coverage for America Shortly before Medicare was adopted, half of America’s seniors did not have health insurance. Today, thanks to Medicare, virtually all seniors have health coverage.

Over the years since 1965, Congress has significantly improved Medicare coverage. Among the numerous coverage improvements to the program:
1972: Med…

The Demise of the GOP Health Plan – Why It Happened and Where Do We Go from Here

By Ron Pollack

The demise of the GOP’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was truly an extraordinary event! For the first time in many years, Republicans controlled all the decision-making levers of the legislative process: the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. They had crusaded for seven years to repeal and replace the ACA and, for an even longer period, were chomping at the bit to reorganize (aka cut funding from) the safety-net Medicaid program. These were unmistakable top priorities for the Republican leadership. Yet they failed.

So why did this pernicious political crusade fail? And, now that this legislative effort appears to be history, where do we go from here?
What happened to the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Many commentators ascribe the bill’s demise to splits within the Republican Party. While it was obvious that the right-hand simply couldn’t coordinate with the far-right-hand, there were other very significant dynamics …