Shortly after Republicans unveiled their replacement for the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said the Obamacare replacement amounted to breaks for the wealthy and health care for the healthy.
“In the hour I’ve spent on what was proposed, it strikes me that this thing is a very big tax cut paid for by a scale-back of the Medicaid program. And it’s a cut for people making over $250,000 a year, it’s a tax cut for tanning salons, it’s a tax cut for pharmaceutical executives making $500,000 a year. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. It is a very significant cut in taxes, apparently paid for overtime by significant squeezing of the Medicaid system,” Himes said as he hosted a gathering of reporters in Stamford.