What the GOP wants to hide about its new ad campaign against President Obama
POLITICO article Republicans in the House of Representatives are now pushing to obscure from the public the extent of their campaign to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
In a bid to make it harder to tell the difference between what Republicans are actually pushing and what they are selling, the GOP is pushing to limit the public from viewing ad buys during the week when the law is on the ballot and during the next two weeks.
The plan was outlined Monday by Reps.
John Kline (R-Minn.), Jackie Walorski (D-Md.), and Tim Walorsky (R.I.), and co-sponsored by House Republicans and House Democrats.
The plan would also bar people from seeing ads they are barred from seeing, and it would prohibit them from viewing any other ads that the House is holding during the two weeks that the law will be on the general election ballot.
Republicans are using the plan to argue that, despite the fact that it does not explicitly mention healthcare, it would be in the public interest to make the law’s passage easier for Republicans to push.
Democrats, however, are not buying the Republican effort.
The ad campaign would, they say, be a sham designed to undermine the healthcare law and to discourage the public.
The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday released a draft bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would require the House to vote on the bill by Feb. 28.
The bill would repeal the ACA and replace it with an alternative that does not include a requirement that most Americans have healthcare coverage.
Republicans have been pushing for this alternative for months and have repeatedly said that they would support a bill that included a mandate.
The Congressional Budget Office, which studies the impact of legislation on the economy, estimated that repealing the ACA would reduce the national deficit by $1.3 trillion over the next decade, mostly by keeping insurance premiums low and increasing health spending.
Democrats have also argued that the bill would increase the federal deficit by about $1 trillion.
Republicans have said that the Congressional Budget Board has repeatedly underestimated the cost of repealing the Affordable Covered Care Act.
The CBO has said that repealing and replacing the ACA with an even more generous plan would increase federal deficits by $200 billion over the decade, primarily by increasing the number of uninsured.
Democrats argue that they have a plan to replace the ACA.
The Senate GOP bill to replace it, unveiled last month, is expected to include a mandate that the government provide coverage to all Americans, though they are not certain about whether they would include a ban on people from paying for insurance or a requirement to have insurance if they have pre-existing conditions.
The CBO has also said that replacing the healthcare mandate with a tax increase is likely to lead to higher deficits.
Democrats and other groups have pointed out that the ACA required that employers provide health insurance to all workers, not just their employees.
Republicans say they will not repeal the healthcare plan without a replacement, though it is unclear how the House will vote on a replacement.
In addition, the CBO has estimated that the repeal of the healthcare provision would increase annual deficits by as much as $1,200 billion by 2026.
The GOP proposal would also end tax breaks for high-income people, including tax breaks to corporations that paid a penalty for not paying taxes for years before they paid taxes on profits from healthcare insurance plans.
The legislation would also eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes, including the mortgage interest deduction and the sales tax on cigarettes and other goods.
The bills would also cut Medicaid spending by $2.4 trillion over 10 years, but it would save $1 billion per year by 2021.
Republicans also want to change the tax code so that individuals can deduct their taxes from their income and reduce their tax burden on employers.
They want to do that by cutting taxes for small businesses, which currently deduct taxes from salaries.
The proposal would do away with a number of tax breaks, including a child tax credit, a state and US estate tax credit for the first $7.5 million of income, a charitable deduction for the rich, and a mortgage interest tax credit that provides up to $1 million of relief to middle-class households.
The Republican bill would also reduce the deduction of state and state and federal estate taxes for the wealthiest taxpayers, which could make it more difficult for middle-income households to pass on their tax benefits.