The director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Trump administration made a stunning confession about the Republican-proposed repeal-and-replace legislation for the Affordable Care Act: it’s not about insurance at all.
“We’re looking at it a different way,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said, “because insurance is not really the end goal here.”
It’s hard to imagine how a health insurance bill wouldn’t consider coverage to be the “end goal,” but Mulvaney tried his best to explain. “Can people afford to go to the doctor?” he asked rhetorically.
“We’re absolutely convinced it will be more possible for more people to get better care at the doctor under this plan than it was under Obamacare,” Mulvaney added.
Mulvaney didn’t get into details about how it would be possible for more people to get to the doctor under the Republican plan, which some have began calling “TrumpCare.”
Indeed, it’s likely that less Americans will receive health insurance as a result of the plan: under the proposal, individuals would be given tax breaks between $2,000 to $4,000, depending on age and income levels.
Those tax credits wouldn’t cover nearly as much as the subsides provided in the current Affordable Care Act cover, according to analysts who have reviewed the Republican proposal, and millions are at risk of losing their health coverage as a result of these reductions, as well as the cuts to Medicaid programs that the GOP is also proposing.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.