The Senate is currently on their third....or is it their fourth or fifth....iteration of a "Repeal and Replace ObamaCare" attempt, and this one is no better than the ones that came before it. As bad as ObamaCare supposedly is, all their attempts to date have been giant steps BACKWARD. The highlight of the current Republican bill is to give each state a "block grant", essentially a pot of cash, and then tell them to figure out what to do with health care. "Not my circus, not my monkey" the Feds can then say.
Polls show less than 20% of Americans like this giant step backwards. Neither does AARP, or the American Medical Association, or the various hospital associations, or the insurers, or the drug makers, or the American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, the Diabetes Foundation, or any other group advocating on behalf of people with health issues. So why are Republicans so hellbent on ramming this "reform" down our throats? Who wins in this deal?
FOLLOW THE MONEY
The only logical explanation I can come up with is that, to Republicans, "Repeal and Replace ObamaCare" is simply a means to a greater goal. They have told their ultra-wealthy mega-donors that they will deliver to them a giant tax cut, but before they can do that, they first have to come up with a pile of cash from somewhere. That "somewhere", they have decreed, will be from the Federal healthcare kitty....cut a few hundred billion here, transfer it on to there. But if they can't realize big savings via a repeal/replace bill, their promised wealth transfer, their REAL goal, is dead in the water.
If you can think of another reason why congressional Republicans are pushing so hard to pass such a supremely unpopular bill, please let me know.
If they should ever succeed in achieving this goal, hold on! Their next target will be Medicare and Social Security. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has already (correctly) labeled them as the two most expensive Federal programs that can be looted...er..."reformed" in order to realize great savings. He just never tells us where those savings will go.
So, as is always the case, FOLLOW THE MONEY. That will show you who is pulling the strings, and who the big winner will always be.