The GOP’s ‘siege of the pharmacy’ is about to get even more costly
In the coming months, the GOP is going to have to decide whether it wants to continue its strategy of trying to defund Medicare Part D by forcing Republicans to pass a bill to do so.
This is a potentially big problem for Republicans because they need to pass that bill if they want to survive in the fall.
A Republican bill to block the expansion of Medicare Part B would be a major victory for the GOP, but Republicans need to convince the public that they’re serious about blocking the expansion and that they have a plan to get there.
A key to that plan will be to find a way to use the threat of a Medicare Part A tax hike to make up for the funding cut the bill is likely to need to avoid a government shutdown.
Republicans will also need to figure out how to pass an additional $800 billion in spending cuts in the coming weeks.
All of these problems come down to how Republicans want to deal with the public perception of the GOP’s strategy.
For now, Republicans seem to be focused on getting a big win on the opioid crisis.
That’s good for them.
But it won’t do much for the public.
It’s hard to tell what impact the GOP plan will have on Medicare Part C, which has been around for a long time, or Medicaid.
Medicare Part S is still being phased in in part because of budget concerns.
But the plan is going up against the public’s perception of what the GOP really wants.
The public is understandably skeptical of the Trump agenda and its policies.
But they may be also wary of how Republicans plan to address the opioid epidemic.
So the strategy has to come from the outside.
And the problem is that Republicans are not very good at it.
The problem is they are going to lose this battle.