Initial Reviews of ACA Replacement not Exactly Stellar

Megan McArdle:

Heritage Action, Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity — three of the biggest groups that Republicans will need to help them whip their right flank into voting for this thing — have all come out hard against it. Avik Roy and Michael Cannon, two of the leading opponents of Obamacare in the policy community, have both panned it. You’re not exactly seeing enthusiastic cheers from the journalists who opposed Affordable Care Act, of which I am one. See? This is me, emphatically not cheering. If such a thing is possible, I am actively failing to cheer.

Her whole piece is worth a read.

And then there are these tweets:

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  1. Mr. Bluster says:

    Carol Bannon displays the wretched ignorance that is a Trump supporter.

  2. Hal_10000 says:

    Avik Roy’s analysis is worth a read as well. This bill is basically an admission by the GOP that they’re going to work within the Obamacare framework. I’ve been saying for months that the only viable approach was to pass a series of reforms to the system. But their base would erupt.

  3. Facebones says:

    “Megan McArdle” and “worth a read” are not phrases that go together.

  4. Argon says:

    When you can’t even get the NRO to say something nice about a Paul Ryan/GOP sourced plan…

  5. CSK says:

    I’m having a great laugh at the expense of the Trumpkins. Their man-baby thinks this is swell. The contortions they’re having to go through to rationalize this are hilarious.

  6. grumpy realist says:

    @CSK: What’s going to be even better is when the Trumpkins’ fat asses get put on Trumpcare and they discover, surprise, surprise, that they have to pay much more in premiums and get totally worthless health “insurance.”

    But it’s all good, because…..Trump.

    (Stupidity should hurt. Looks like a bunch of people are going to learn that rule of Nature all over again.)

    Darwin Awards, indeed. I have no sympathy.

  7. Franklin says:

    NRO might as well rearrange their letters and add an ‘i’, because apparently they are RINOs now.

  8. slimslowslider says:

    I swear @MAcatholicmom has posted here before.

  9. KM says:

    *Love* the exchange. It’s typical of political discourse nowadays – immediate dismissal of the other side’s disdain for GOP handwork as “pffft you just don’t get it”. Her comment to look at other sources also speaks to to the concept of alternate facts and that if someone disagrees with you, its because they’re reading “fake news”. Finally, her assumption that he was liberal was based solely on his disagreement with the bill – after all, no real conservative isn’t behind Trump 100% amirite? RINOs are as good as liberals it seems.

    I don’t begrudge her not knowing who he was (most people don’t know authors or journalists unless they are famous) but the whole thing just smack of elitist condensation. That he would “naturally dismiss” something from an “conservative source” (assuming Breitbart here) is treated like an inherent defect. Nevermind he IS a conservative source, he must be wrong because he’s not toeing the line.

  10. JohnMcC says:

    Quite a ‘movement’ they’ve got there.

  11. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    This is a fantastic explainer of the pickle that Republicans have gotten themselves into by lying about Obamacare for all these years…

  12. gVOR08 says:

    What are the odds Ms. Bannon knows what National Review is?

  13. Mr. Bluster says:

    Apparently she just looks at the pictures. Cheap thrills!

  14. grumpy realist says:

    To quote a commentator over at the Washington Post:

    Happy now, schmucks?