Senator Elizabeth Warren is right, in my view, the Senate “healthcare” bill is a tax cut for the rich dripping with the blood and suffering of the old, the poor, the young, and the disabled. I’m sorry I just don’t think it is possible to be a Republican and an ethical person. You can be rich, you can be charming, you can smile a lot and be a Republican, but you cannot be a moral compassionate person and support the Republican agenda.
On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Below, New Yorker writers offer some initial reactions to the news.
The Senate bill is really three separate proposals. In the private-insurance market, it amounts to what Larry Levitt, a health-care expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, calls “Obamacare-lite.” As for Medicaid—the federal program that provides health services to roughly seventy-five million Americans, most of whom are poor or elderly or are children—the bill involves much bigger, and more harmful, changes. Finally, the legislation would deliver a hefty tax cut to some of the wealthiest households in the country.
In the individual market, the bill offers somewhat more generous subsidies for people buying individual plans on government-run exchanges than the ones in the House G.O.P.’s American Health Care Act. Because the subsidies would be tied to income and the actual cost of insurance …