Week of June 2nd 2017
In This Issue: Can the CBO be Trusted?
The debate seemingly never ends in Washington. Every day brings a new story and a new issue comes to the forefront, and it’s up to us to decide what to care about and what to believe. Is too much debate a bad thing? When it comes to the newly proposed American Health Care Act, both sides are looking at the bill with their own agendas in mind. Although moderate Republicans have tried to sugarcoat the flawed bill, the Congressional Budget Office may have been biased in their treatment of it as well. The CBO said that people who are seriously ill will most likely face extremely high premium rates under this bill. U.S. Representative Tom MacArthur (a Republican from New Jersey) was close to the Obamacare bill and how it was handled, and he sits down for an interview to talk about what went right and what went wrong with the bill.
Error in CBO Report Hurts Debate Over Healthcare Reform
“It is possible both for the Republican’s American Health Care Act to be a seriously flawed bill and for the Congressional Budget Office to have unfairly maligned it in the report it issued last Wednesday afternoon. I come today not to plead the virtues of the AHCA, but to argue that the CBO’s lambasting of it is likely to prevent useful debate over the future of American health care.”
“The GOP bill passed by the House would leave as many as one-sixth of Americans living in states where older and sicker people might have to pay much more for their health care or be unable to purchase insurance at all, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.”
“Members of this moderate Republican caucus were angered by MacArthur’s amendment, which put the GOP health care bill back on its feet after Speaker Paul Ryan’s failed attempts to bring it to the floor in March during the seventh anniversary of Obamacare. The entire Q&A interview is interesting, but don’t miss this: …”
This Week’s Report in a Nutshell
Despite the access to information being easier than ever, it would appear that the access to truth has become a little more tricky. There seems to be a never ending storm of political discussion happening these days. With polarity on the rise, people on both sides are absolutely outraged at one another, and nobody seems to be interested in standing down in the slightest. New developments are constantly coming out, and depending on your side of the political spectrum, it either leaves you overjoyed or overwhelmed. When it comes to the issues that matter to you, make sure you are taking the time to do your own independent research, rather than getting all your news from sources that are on your side. In this age of vast information, there is also vast misinformation. The truth is more important now than ever. We all need to do our due diligence in finding it.
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