The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and one of the most influential Republican members of Congress, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, just rained a major parade on passing Trumpcare.
Speaking with reporters during a conference call, Grassley basically admitted that the latest effort to repeal Obamacare wasn’t a good bill at all and that Republicans are more concerned with fulfilling a campaign promise than they are with the substance of the legislation:
“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” he said. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.”
He wasn’t the only Republican to voice his distaste for the Graham-Cassidy bill. Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts told a Vox reporter essentially the same thing, saying they needed to look good in front of their constituents and that repeated efforts to repeal Obamacare all came down to elections.
“If we do nothing [on health care], I think it has a tremendous impact on the 2018 elections. And whether or not Republicans still maintain control and we have the gavel.”
Trump has said he wouldn’t sign the bill if it “did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions” and then said that it does include coverage for that. But, repealing Obamacare would give states in the bill the authority on whether or not to continue those protections. The long and short of it is, they won’t have to, and that would allow insurance carriers to base a person’s premiums on a person’s medical history. If you had cancer in the past, higher premiums – it’s as simple as that.
Also, insurers would no longer have to cover Obamacare’s 10 essential health benefits and they would be able to cap the amount they would be willing to pay for treatment. That means less healthcare.