Rep. Kristi Noem and just enough other House Republicans vote to take Medicaid away from special education students, make insurance more expensive for women who’ve been raped, and price Americans with pre-existing conditions out of their health insurance against the wishes of a majority of Americans. Congresswoman Noem did so even though this unscored, unread bill violates all sorts of arguments her Speaker Paul Ryan made against the Affordable Care Act that they are trying to repeal.
To do so much harm, there must be some enormous good that the Republican health care plan will do to outweigh all these harms.
Of course there is—billions in tax cuts for rich people:
All told, the bill would cut taxes by about $765 billion over the next decade.
The lion’s share of the tax savings would go to the wealthy and very wealthy. According to the Tax Policy Center, the top 20 percent of earners would receive 64 percent of the savings and the top 1 percent of earners (those making more than $772,000 in 2022) would receive 40 percent of the savings [Scott Horsely, “GOP Health Care Bill Would Cut About $765 Billion in Taxes over 10 Years,” NPR, 2017.05.04].
Now TPC analyzed the March bill that failed. TPC and CBO may provide updated figures next week, when everyone has had time to read the bill that Noem hastily yea’d yesterday.
But 40% of $765 billion is $306 billion that’s currently doing good for millions of Americans that Kristi thinks should be redistributed up the ladder to Donald Trump and the other richest one percent of Americans.
And don’t forget: taking health benefits away from millions of working-class Americans and booting the savings up the ladder to rich people means less consumer spending and slower job growth. So Kristi’s screwing not only millions of Americans but her own chances of achieving her ridiculous 9.1% economic growth goal.
In one vote Thursday, Kristi Noem provided all the campaign points a good Democrat needs to jump in the race for Governor and keep the thoughtless, heartless Noem out of the Capitol.