“If they drive up costs, then they need to go away”.
But they must also reassure an increasingly anxious public, after a Congressional Budget Office report estimated that 14 million Americans would lose health insurance in the first year under the plan, and 24 million would be uninsured by 2026.
The House version drops a proposed cap on the unlimited tax exclusion of employment-based health insurance contained in an earlier version, while retaining the so-called “Cadillac Tax” – the 40% excise tax on so-called “high cost plans” – and delaying its implementation until 2025. Under Obamacare, insurers could only charge older customers up to three times as much as their youngest consumers.
Seven years ago, the GOP, working in concert with right-wing propagandists, managed to sell much of the country on the myth of death panels, a clever bit of propaganda that almost derailed Obamacare.
To address this, I am writing to have a candid conversation about the current state of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare”. However, this overlooks the fact that healthy people paying for unhealthy people is at the very core of how insurance is supposed to work.
That figure would grow to $2 billion a year by 2030 and could result in 600,000 Coloradans losing health insurance, the Colorado Health Institute, a nonpartisan health care think-tank, predicts in the new report.
That redesign is estimated to come with deep spending cuts.
The federal government had pledged under Obama to pay the bulk of the associated costs, but Republicans said its long-term costs were unsustainable. If you agree, please tell your elected representatives to vote a resounding “No” on the American Health Care Act. “It’s a no-win situation for these older folks”. “We’ve got to improve the way we deliver care, but some of this is just about eligibility”.
Basically, the bill focuses on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while failing to correct Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies.
The draft bill also fails to wind down the Medicaid expansion and may encourage states to add enrollees. And if further Medicaid savings are taken off the table, the gap is more like $500 billion. “A rural hospital can be the underpinning of an economy”, he says, and a rural hospital that is hindered or shuttered by the Medicaid cuts could mean “the death” of a related pharmacy or nursing home.
About 22 million individuals now receive subsidized health coverage through the exchanges (8 million) and the Medicaid expansion (14 million).
“I don’t think it will be easy for Congress … to push through something that will be seen as devastating to the states”, Hanger said. “They don’t understand that Medicaid is the payer for a majority of long-term care for everybody. This is a huge change”, said Republican U.S. Sen. That includes Frederick County, where the number of adults 60 and older is growing three times as fast as the general population. He said Medicaid is a “poor insurance program” that offers “second-class service” to patients. Some 11 million people gained coverage in the 31 states that chose to take federal funds and expand their coverage up to 138% of the federal poverty level (as opposed to 100% of the federal poverty level as with traditional Medicaid).
Bottom line: The Republican three-phase plan, starting with the AHCA, will increase access to quality, affordable care and allow for families to have more freedom and flexibility to get the health-care coverage that is right for them. “We’ll continue our plans going forward to stop the abusive policies of vision care plans, and we’ll continue to move the DOC Access Act forward”. “We better be careful we’re not losing the soul of our country because we’re playing politics”.
But to those he promises judgement, Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison, and you did not visit me”.
“It’s not going to happen if you need 60 votes in the Senate”, said Sen.
“Cutting costs by cutting service to the poor and elderly is tragic”, he added. “It’s seismic”, says Daniel Dersken, director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson, whom the Monitor profiled previous year. “Well, I find that absolutely reprehensible”.