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GOP health bill: Whatever happened to expertise?

GOP health bill: Whatever happened to expertise?

A long list of healthcare experts says the Republican bill to dismantle most of President Obama’s health insurance program would be a disaster. The American Medical Assn. is against it. Insurance providers are against it. Patient groups are against it. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s bill, coauthored with Sen. Lindsey Graham, would cut federal spending on Medicaid by amounts one consultant called “jaw-dropping.” If the bill passes, 21 million fewer people would have health insurance in 2026 than under current law, according to a study by the Brookings Institution and USC.

To which Cassidy says, in effect: Pay no attention to the experts. “More people will have coverage,” he promised last...

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