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To Rep. Paul Ryan, though, they would be wrong.
Ryan, one of the architects of Trumpcare, said "I'm pretty encouraged by it (the CBO report). It actually exceeded my expectations."
Yes, 24 million is a low number to Ryan. He expected more to lose health insurance.
That's the point.
Instead of having to pay for comprehensive coverage, Americans won't have to pay any for health insurance at all. They'll be free to go bankrupt from unpaid hospital bills.
According to Ryan and other Republicans, the freedom to not have what he and other lawmakers have is the beauty of this country.
Central Oregon's Republican representative in Congress, Greg Walden, is one of the authors of Trumpcare.
He said, "Unlike Obamacare, we will not mandate Americans buy insurance plans they don't want and can't afford."
Walden is quite aware that many in his sprawling rural district will bear the brunt of cuts to health care coverage under Trumpcare. He's also fully aware that they'll still vote for him even if they're on their death beds from having no health care.
An added benefit to freeing people from health care coverage is the estimated savings of $337 billion over the next 10 years. With that dough, we can pay for about a third of the wall on the Mexico border. That's assuming Mexico won't pay for the entire wall, which if it does, means the tax cut for the 1 percent in this country can be even greater.
Of course, if there is too much blowback over Trumpcare, Republicans may just do what they've threatened over the past seven years and just repeal Obamacare with no replacement.
That's what the diehard Obama-haters have always wanted anyway.
The only legislation that Republicans care about passing is cutting taxes to their donor class.
With Republicans controlling the entire federal government, they should be able to cut taxes early and often.
Afterall, deficits don't matter when Republicans are in charge.