‘Skinny Repeal:’ Breaks GOP Promises, Creates A ‘Death Spiral’

Senate Republicans reportedly may look to pass a “skinny repeal” bill and move to conference committee with House Republicans, where it would likely get even worse. “Skinny repeal” would send insurance markets into a “death spiral.” And it would break many promises Republicans have made to the people they are supposed to represent, including to lower premiums and ensure that more Americans gain coverage.

The Senate’s “skinny repeal” would still do “much of the same” as other Republicans repeal plans.

Huffington Post: “The skinny repeal, while a less robust piece of legislation, would still manage to do much of the same. The CBO has previously said that similar legislation would lead to 15 million fewer people with health insurance and 20 percent premium increases. The legislation would, in short, produce the sort of death spiral that Republicans accuse Obamacare of producing.”

A “skinny repeal” would send the individual insurance market into a “death spiral.”

Vox: “But there’s a reason why repealing only the individual mandate is a bad idea: It would likely destroy the individual market, in a process health care experts call the ‘death spiral.’”

A “skinny repeal” would break Republicans promises – premiums would go up, insurance competition would decline and millions would lose coverage.

Vox: “When Republicans campaigned on health care, they would promise to ‘replace’ Obamacare with a better plan. This plan, they said, would have lower premiums and more choices for consumers. President Trump went as far as to promise it would cover all Americans. ’Skinny repeal’ would do none of that. It would make premiums go up, not down. Insurance competition would decline as insurers worried about healthy Americans fleeing the individual market. Rather than all Americans gaining coverage, millions would lose the plans they currently rely on.”

And it would break the promises of many senators who said they’d oppose repeal without replacement.

NBC News: “The plan after those two votes is for senators to proceed to votes on a series of amendments to create what leadership has called a ‘skinny’ repeal, which is a watered-down version of repeal with nothing to replace it.”

The Senate may try to pass a “skinny bill” to move to conference committee, but it would likely then get even worse from a Republican House which voted for a more far sweeping repeal bill.

Politico: “Basically no senators will like it — but they may vote for it just to keep the repeal drive going. Passing a skinny bill would enable the Senate to negotiate with the House on a compromise package that can clear both chambers. But it’s not clear that even that stripped-down package can garner the 50 votes from Republicans needed to pass. Nor is it clear that a deal can be struck with the House, which voted for a far more sweeping repeal and replace package, including the Medicaid changes and state waivers that could wipe out Obamacare patient protections for people with health conditions.”