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Repeal and Go F*ck Yourself Passes the House and Goes to the Senate

It was a close party line vote with a 217 to 213 vote, with 23 of the so-called “Freedom Caucus” now voting for this bill to hurt Americans.  There was no CBO score and apparently no one can find anyone who read the thing.

Vox provides a list of the people who will be hurt if this bill becomes law:

  1. Working poor people who gained Medicaid under Obamacare
  2. Seniors, disabled people, and others who qualified for Medicaid even before Obamacare
  3. States hard hit by the opiate crisis
  4. People in states that take a Medicaid “block grant,” who could see dramatic cuts in coverage
  5. Pregnant women and new mothers
  6. People with preexisting conditions
  7. Families with chronic conditions
  8. Low-income Americans not on Medicaid
  9. Older people on the exchanges
  10. Children in special education programs
  11. Planned Parenthood patients

The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more, who would see two different taxes targeting them repealed; households with millions in investment income would come out particularly far ahead.

This has a tougher row to hoe in the Senate, but you cannot underestimate the need of the GOP to throw as many Americans under the bus so that their funders can get a tax cut.  And if the CBO scoring on this thing is as bad as expected next week, they’ll all have some explaining to do.

You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. -- Shirley Chisolm

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