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September 18, 2013 3:22 PM Prophecy Confirmed

By Ed Kilgore

If you read my SPOILER ALERT WORLD EXCLUSIVE MUST CREDIT POLITICAL ANIMAL post earlier today, you’d be ahead of readers of the speediest congressional news site, The Hill, on the content of the exciting new House Republican Study Committee Obamacare “replacement” proposal:

Conservatives representing nearly three-quarters of the House Republican conference unveiled their proposed replacement for President Obama’s healthcare law Wednesday, delivering on a long-delayed GOP promise.
The bill from the Republican Study Committee would fully repeal the 2010 law and replace it with an expansion of health savings accounts, medical liability reform and the elimination of restrictions on purchasing insurance across state lines.

Check, check, check. But there’s more!

[T]he bill could set Republicans up for political attacks by scrapping popular provisions in ObamaCare like a prohibition on denying health insurance to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
“We work with the existing state high-risk pools that are out there,” [RSC Chairman] Scalise said in regards to people with pre-existing conditions.


The secrecy about this dog-eared “plan” reminds me of a story my mother once told about a colleague of hers in a department-store cosmetics department who was taken behind closed doors, sworn to silence, and then offered a nickel-an-hour raise. “Don’t worry,” she said. “I won’t tell anyone. I’m ashamed of it, too!”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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