Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Killing People For The Sake of Convenience

The GOP has a huge incentive to repeal Obamacare no matter how many people get hurt, and how much of a humanitarian crisis results. Geezers are the only thing standing in the way of the GOP's true goal:
Congressional budget rules exempt certain tax and spending bills from filibusters, but only if they don’t incur long-term deficits.
... As George W. Bush–era Republicans learned, if you use the budget rules to pass a large deficit-financed tax cut, the tax cut will eventually expire.

Repealing Obamacare offers Republicans a way out of that trap, because it pairs eliminating (or indefinitely delaying) all of the ACA’s progressive tax increases with gutting the financial assistance the law provides to help millions of people afford care. ...This filibuster-proof tax cut, in other words, would be permanent.

...If Republicans wanted to cut taxes on the rich, they could cut taxes on the rich....These millions of uninsured serve only to make the giant GOP tax cut for the rich permanent, as opposed to merely 10 years long.

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