(Note – this essay was written BEFORE Paul Ryan pulled the legislation.)
The fate of the Republicans’ health-care bill is unclear — but it’s not looking good. The ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus refused to vote for the American Health Care Act because it wasn’t cruel enough, resulting in a hasty rewrite over Wednesday night, and further negotiations between them and President Trump on Thursday. But the changes alienated some more moderate Republicans, and failed to appease the ultras anyway. At time of writing, the vote has been delayed until Friday.
The AHCA is a monstrous bill that would leave at least 24 million more people uninsured by 2026. But whether or not it fails, the Democrats shouldn’t sit idly by and wait for Republicans to slowly bleed ObamaCare to death by other means. They need a counter-offer, one that’s more compelling than the creaky status quo. They need a single-payer, Medicare for all plan. Here’s why….Why Democrats should push ‘Medicare for all’ now