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Friday, May 5, 2017

"This should become the permanent stain on every member of the House who supported it." --John Nichols

This is what Trump, the most disliked president in modern American history, and his gang are celebrating:

Who benefits? Who doesn't? Older patients on the individual insurance market would see big spikes in their premiums, while lower-income families would face higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. 

In a widely cited finding by the CBO, a 64-year old making $26,500 a year would have seen their annual premiums shoot up by $12,900 on average and received less comprehensive insurance under the March version of the bill. 

It's not entirely clear how the newer bill would change that calculus, but there's not much to indicate the situation for lower-income families or older consumers would be significantly improved and they'd be more vulnerable than other groups to any changes to pre-existing condition protections. 
Large numbers of Medicaid patients would lose their coverage: 

14 million fewer people would be on the program after a decade, according to CBO. States may have to reduce Medicaid in response in response to cuts as well, which could disproportionately impact seniors and people with disabilities. On the other hand, younger and healthier patients with higher incomes who buy insurance on the individual market could see their premiums go down and possibly get some federal aid they would not have qualified for under Obamacare. 

The tax credits top out at incomes of $75,000 for individuals versus about $47,000 for ACA subsidies. Wealthy earners would also get a tax cut. People who don't want insurance and thought the penalty was unfair would be free to go without coverage.


Rational Nation USA said...

There were 20 GOP moderates who had a set and voted no, Kudos to them.

This fight is far from over as it moves to the senate then rrconciliation.

Maybe the eventual outcome of this will be universal heath care along the lines is the Australian or Canadian model.

Sooner or later the USA will get it. Hopefully sooner.

S.W. said...

The Mother Ship of Fools is wondering why Europe and especially the French adore President Obama and hate Donald Trump's guts.See, in their minds, the universally despised Trump is a "good guy" and the universally loved President Obama is the "bad guy."They're right and everyone else is wrong. Or so say the inmates in all asylums. Even Trump's home town, New York City detests him, and they know him best.You can't get through to people who insist on being stupid and blind. We shouldn't try to dissuade them from their orgy of love for the universally despised Trump. Even assholes need admirers and the righties know how to admire assholes. Think of the two recent GOP presidents GWB and Trump. There definitely is an attraction to assholes.

Shaw Kenawe said...

RN USA, the House chose tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires over health coverage for Americans -- for veterans, even! Americans hated the first bill they failed to pass, what makes Trump think Americans will like this one?

S.W., I said it a gazillion times, those people are terminal. Forget about trying to work with willfully blind and ignorant people. It's a waste of time and effort. Let them cling to their racist hatreds. The problem is when their hateful ideas and support of hateful legislation affects normal Americans. Most of those people are old and sickly. How can they support what the Goopers want to do to them?

Dave Miller said...

SW... as a follower of the Mother Ship, surely you are aware of their past statements saying our allies in Europe and the people there hated Obama.

I wonder how these people square those statements with what was posted today and which you cited?

And these are the people some think have answers to our health care issues?


Ducky's here said...

Democracy Now! featured this abomination on today's podcast and one of the points made by the guest was the list of pre-existing conditions.
Did you know that rape is considered a pre-existing condition? Just an example of how disgusting this bill really is.
It was also highlighted that defunding of PP is included as well as soe cuts to traditional Medicare.

Screw the working class and poor (and the middle class, what's left of it) and reward the top decile. How the Republican base can support this disgrace is beyond me.

But I agree with RN that the fight is not nearly over. They tried to spike the ball a little early.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dear Gawd!

Mark Green is a Republican state senator from Tennessee and Trump’s pick to be secretary of the army (Gasp). This guy once told a church group that he opposed universal health care because it makes people less likely to embrace Christianity. WTF? He also said that it should be the Christian church’s role to help provide sick people with health care so they can more easily convert them to their religion. WTF again? It's quite clear to me, and doubtless to most of us who aren't smitten by Father Trump, that in The Church of the Donald, there will be no separation. The government is God, and God is the government. WTF? May the Almighty Unicorn save us all. -- Michael J. S.

Ducky's here said...

(CNN) President Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary announced Friday that he is withdrawing his name from consideration.

That didn't take long.

In more news, the Senate has refused to even consider the House "health care" bill.

The Honorable, Esteemed And Distinguished Judge Dervish Sanders (A High IQ Individual) said...

Re "Maybe the eventual outcome of this will be universal heath care along the lines is the Australian or Canadian model"... I hope so, RN. And I congratulate you for your realization that universal health care is the way to go. As opposed to "treating healthcare like a commodity again". Meaning that health care is only for people who can afford it and those who can't can drop dead. Something I assume you believed back when you used to be an anarcho-capitalist libertarian (a joke. I remember you said you never were one. Although another blogger still thinks you used to be one - and is still pondering what happened to cause you to metamorphosize into a slant headed braindead swine).