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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:58 AM

Obamacare Versus the G.O.P. Zombies Ten years of failed promises to come up with something better.

Obamacare Versus the G.O.P. Zombies

Ten years of failed promises to come up with something better.

By Paul Krugman at the NY Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/opinion/obamacare-coronavirus-republicans.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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Covid-19 cases are surging in states that took Donald Trump’s advice and reopened for business too soon. This new surge — is it OK now to call it a second wave? — is, on average, hitting people younger than the initial surge in the Northeast did. Perhaps as a result, rising infections haven’t been reflected in a comparable rise in deaths, although that may be only a matter of time.

There is, however, growing evidence that even those who survive Covid-19 can suffer long-term adverse effects: scarred lungs, damaged hearts and perhaps neurological disorders.

And if the Trump administration gets its way, there may be another source of long-term damage: permanent inability to get health insurance.

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But Republicans can’t admit that this is their goal. The public overwhelmingly supports protection for Americans with pre-existing conditions, so right-wing politicians have to pretend they can provide that while dismantling the regulations and subsidies such protection requires. And they have to hope that voters won’t remember that they have been promising a plan, but never delivering, for more than a decade.

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