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A republican health care bill in search of a problem

In a better world, this bill would never have seen the light of day, much less be offered for a vote


Republican leaders in the House have been huddling over the last few days in a frantic search for enough votes to win passage of their proposed revision of Obamacare, in the process making an already flawed bill even worse. One measure of their desperation was a cynical last-minute provision that would shift Medicaid costs from New York’s rural and suburban counties to the state government, pleasing upstate Republicans who represent those counties but reducing coverage provided by the state. Such wheeling and dealing has done nothing to improve a bill that would rip ...

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First Published: Wed, March 22 2017. 12:34 IST