“As to whether or not I got through some of the details on some of the pages, no. But yes, I attempted to read the entire bill.”
– Rep Mark Sanford, 2017
We have to pass the bill before we find out what is in it.”
– Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2010
The American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) passed through the U.S. House of Representatives last week without a single Democrat supporting the bill. In fact, politicians and pundits who oppose the bill claim that 24 million Americans will lose their healthcare coverage and premiums will skyrocket. Supporters of the bill state that premiums will fall for most Americans and that no one will lose their coverage with pre-existing conditions protected.
So who is telling the truth?
Then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was telling the truth with her now famous quote above back in 2010 with the passage of Obamacare and the same is true with the AHCA of 2017. It is impossible to determine how pricing and coverages will change if the bill were to pass through the Senate in its current form (which it will not). But here is a good rule of thumb that we learned from Obamacare: If the government exempts itself from a bill and if the bill’s implementation date is after an election instead of before…it is probably not a good bill.