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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It's hard to imagine that the recently withdrawn GOP health bill could get any worse.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 A national poll issued shortly before the bill was withdrawn showed that, by a margin of 56-17, the public opposed this proposal.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…