Republicans are nothing if not persistent. Still stinging from defeat of their multiple attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans have hatched a new strategy – repeal the mandate to buy insurance under the auspices of tax “reform.”
In fact, the maneuver promises a “two-fer” payoff – Starve Obamacare of enrollees (contrary to Trumpist predictions, enrollment numbers are way up, not down) and free up billions of dollars in federal subsidies to help finance mega-tax giveaways to corporations and the 1%. Woo-hoo! That’s what the right calls a genuine “win-win.”
There are at least two fat flies in this ointment, however. First, you can’t repeal the individual mandate without roiling the insurance markets, which will eventually – and probably sooner rather than later – jack up everyone’s premiums, as the young and healthy pass on purchasing policies, leaving behind a higher concentration of less healthy consumers to cover. Second, how long will it take before the broad public figures out that the “biggest middle-class tax cut in history” is a ginormous lie, benefiting big corporations and the super-rich at their expense? I’m guessing not too long.
Comeuppance at the ballot box won’t follow long behind, perhaps as early as 2018, for sure by 2020.