(UnitedVoice.com) – The longer it takes for Democrats to pass their partisan COVID-19 relief bill, the more Americans learn what’s in it — lots of pork. It’s chock full of controversial, partisan, Liberal spending ideas that Democrats hoped to hide and know they can’t pass in the Senate without using reconciliation. By some estimates, nearly half of the $1.9 trillion relief plan doesn’t go towards relief at all. Now we’re learning that there’s a provision in the bill to expand Obamacare.
It makes sense that Democrats want to expand the controversial health plan since they won’t garner enough GOP support as a standalone bill that would require 60 votes to pass in the Senate. Instead, it would be far easier to pass controversial legislation buried in the budget reconciliation bill. Besides, in 2013, Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare’s chief architect, admitted it would likely not reduce healthcare premiums or costs. He said it was easy to exploit American’s basic understanding of economics and take advantage of voter’s stupidity.
A reconciliation bill only needs a simple majority vote. Therefore, the COVID-19 relief bill won’t need a single Republican vote to pass, and the GOP can’t stop it so long as all 48 Senate Democrats and the two independent Senators that caucus with them stick together.
$36 Billion Obamacare Subsidy Buried in the Bill
In the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden campaigned on expanding Obamacare. Democrats are intent on fulfilling their promise. Embedded in the COVID-19 legislation is a provision that would ensure tens of billions of dollars in temporary subsidies to help the upper-middle class. Currently, only those making 100% to 400% of the federal poverty level are eligible for a tax credit to help pay for expensive, non-employee health insurance plans. The bill would increase the benefit to those making over 400% of the poverty rate.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the legislation could increase coverage to 1.3 million Americans who can’t afford health insurance. It estimates that premiums for a 64-year old could fall from $1,075 per month to $412. It also estimates that it would increase the federal deficit by $34.2 billion over ten years.
Instead of solving health insurance affordability problems, the Democrat’s plan to increase tens of billions of dollars in new debt to make health insurance more affordable. According to some experts who said it was never sustainable, it’s another bandaid on a gaping hole for a program that was originally designed to fail. Some say it was so purposeful that they designed Obamacare to be a bridge to government-run healthcare.
Once again, the Democratic solution isn’t to encourage free-market ideas that could lower health insurance premiums and care costs. It’s to use the power of government. What could possibly go wrong?
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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