Republican leaders took to the Sunday shows to shamelessly promote their latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which they claim will “repeal and replace” Obamacare, and they made it clear that this time, they don’t mind obfuscating to get the bill passed.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price dodged hosts’ questions by simply misconstruing the truth. At this point, no one should be surprised at these pants on fire tactics, but it is still stunning to witness the ease with which the untruths roll off their tongues.
When asked whether the AHCA will deny people with pre-existing conditions health care coverage, Paul Ryan on ABC’s This Week was more than happy to say, “Under this bill, no matter what, you can’t be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition.”
That may be true on its face, if you completely ignore the fact that health care costs money. If I have a pre-existing condition, my coverage will cost me $25,000 per year more than a healthy person if I have to enroll in a high-risk pool, according to the AARP. That’s more than one-third of an average American’s income.
HHS Secretary Tom Price, on CNN’s State of the Union, also defied reality when he told Jake Tapper that cutting $880 billion from Medicaid did not break President Donald Trump’s promise not to cut Medicaid. “Without question, $880 billion fewer dollars is a cut. How is this not a broken promise?”