Nothing like watching Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) sitting next to POTUS, smiling and applauding as the remarks from the President replicate every standard talking point made by every Republican since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Including such wonderful clichés as:
You’ll pay lower premiums (Oh, such lower premiums you won’t believe) — Any fool can sell low premium policies, the ones with high deductibles and co-pays, limited benefits, and caps. Worse still, these junk policies will be sold across state lines so that consumer standards and protections of the worst level of protection will be the standard.
The states will have control over Medicaid (smaller units will be better for individual needs) Nothing like blowing a big wide ‘beautiful’ hole in the Nevada budget! Cutting $770B from Medicaid will have effects far beyond Nevada’s capacity to support its elderly, its children, its rural health care facilities, its support for low income working families. That was the point of Medicaid — expenses far beyond the capacity of individual states could be shared nationwide, allowing medical care and services for the greatest good for the greatest number.
Some counties only have one insurance corporation offering policies in the individual market. Did the president recall that before the ACA there were some counties that had no insurance corporations offering policies in the individual market. There’s a solution to this problem — one the president didn’t mention — establish a public option.
Then there flowed the usual barrel of platitudes and campaign rhetoric, freedom and flexibility, low cost with high coverage, everyone can get better insurance, reduce burdensome taxation, burdensome regulation….
And there was Senator Dean Heller, smiling as though siding with the president isn’t going to be a major political problem for him in the 2018 campaign season. It makes a person wonder.
Senator Heller can be reached at 202-224-6244, 775-686-5770; 702-388-6605