Now I understand: the $1 trillion+ deficit increase in the Republican tax reform packages is a feature and not a bug
I should have seen this coming. When Republicans (and their defenders like our local “newspapers”) were asked about the huge deficits that would occur with the Republican tax reforms, they either pointed to how the cuts would pay for themselves (which economists said would not happen) or they ignored it as our local papers often did. (In . . .
A straightforward article assesses the damage Trumpcare would do to West Virginia
Michael Tomasky' s thesis is stated in the headline of today's Daily Beast article:
If She Votes for Trumpcare, Her Home State Gets Mauled
And the subheading explains why:
No senator who has yet to come out for or against the health care bill faces . . .
Indications are that Capito will support it
What's our "moderate" Republican senator going to do?
The Republicans will release the details of their health care proposal tomorrow. The Congressional Budget Office should be out with their analysis next week and apparently the Republican leadership is pushing for a vote before the July 4 recess.
What's West Virginia's . . .
The Gazette Mail catches on while the Intelligencer continues to ignore
From an editorial in this morning's Charleston Gazette Mail:
Many observers hoped that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who is somewhat moderate, would rebel against her party in the Senate and save millions of Americans from losing care.
However, her office revealed last week that she will kill the ACA in a slightly softer manner — . . .
Capito apparently will abandon Medicaid (her only disagreement with her party is how long this will take)
Reading more on the senate health care proposal
It's being worked out in secret and it appears that it will be pushed through with little or no debate. Here is what Sarah Kliff at VoxCare wrote late yesterday:
Behind closed doors, Senate Republicans have worked out a path toward Obamacare repeal. The plans under discussion would end . . .
(with important afternoon update)
On health care, Senator Shelley Moore Capito has consistently argued for continuing the Medicaid expansion instituted under Obamacare. As a result, political analysts usually put her on the list of Republican senators that would likely vote against a health care bill similar to the one passed by the House. Here, for example, is the senator on . . .