A Dose of Reality Demolishes GOP Trumpcare Talking Points

To try and defend their indefensible vote for Trumpcare last week, Republicans have been trotting out their most outrageous, cruelest lies yet. As expected, they don’t hold up to scrutiny:


NBC News: “The GOP’s Health Care Claims Don’t Hold Up”

Assertion #1: The House bill will be “more affordable” for those with pre-existing conditions […]

In fact: Those with pre-existing conditions who don't maintain continuous health insurance could pay more […]

Assertion #2: No one will be hurt by the House bill's provision to cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid […]

In fact: Millions of Americans who got health insurance through expanded Medicaid would no longer have that insurance […]

Assertion #3: “I think everybody will have coverage that is better than what they had under Obamacare” […]

In fact: Older Americans would have to pay more under the House bill than they do now


Robert Schlesinger in US News: On “the Sunday talk shows and other venues over the weekend…you could see the lies and half-truths the right is trotting out on behalf of Trumpcare.”

Price told CNN's Jake Tapper: “The fact of the matter is that Medicaid spending under the proposal and under the budget goes up every single year. And it goes up by a factor that is great – that is equal to the cost of medical care.”Price is – what's the word? – lying. […]

Republicans falsely claim that Obamacare was rammed through Congress, but at least that bill got a thorough vetting from the CBO before it passed.


Washington Post Editorial: “Republicans serve up dishonest claims to defend their health-care bill”

There is the mistruth that undergirds the whole repeal-and-replace crusade: that Obamacare is facing inevitable collapse. Any collapse would be a result of willful Republican negligence.[…]

Mr. Ryan, meanwhile, argued that the cuts would not hurt anyone…Unsurprisingly, the Congressional Budget Office disagrees with Mr. Price and Mr. Ryan’s prediction of no harm, finding that 14 million fewer people would have Medicaid coverage by 2024, contributing to the massive 24-million-person coverage loss the CBO projected for an earlier version of the bill.


Washington Post: “Decoding HHS Secretary Price’s spin on the American Health Care Act”

When challenged by CNN’s Jake Tapper over reductions in Medicaid spending…Price responded with some Washington double-talk. […]

Price flatly said that “20 million folks” choose to pay a penalty because they wanted nothing to do with Obamacare…But this is wildly inflated. […]

We wavered between Three and Four Pinocchios but ultimately tipped toward Four. When you are reducing spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years, you can’t pretend you are boosting spending ‘every single year.”

Four Pinocchios

Politifact: “Raul Labrador's claim that no one dies from lack of health care access: Pants on Fire”