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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trumpcare Passes US House

Donald Trump, Mike (henchman) Pence and Paul Ryan have spent the better art of the past week lobbying or threatening GOP members of the House to support the Draconian House bill. Ryan is rushing the bill through the House much like he criticized Democrats in 2009 for their developing Affordable Care Act Bill. It should be noted the CBO hasn't scored the latest gyration of Trumpcare.  We suspect the latest bill would lead to far more uninsured than the previous CBO scoring with the revelation of coverage losses to 24 million Americans. 

Paul Ryan the first 1:45 minutes.

Oh, how time sheds different light on life.

As the House moves to pass an ACA repeal bill, one aspect of their anti-ACA rhetoric is the business of "only one insurance carrier in some states". What comes next will not surprise the highly informed, it should alarm low information people who soak-up GOP bullcrap like a dry sponge on a 100 degree Fahrenheit day.
Early morning hate feeding from Fox to its sycophant minions. I will wager some of the show's viewers will lose their healthcare coverage.
I actually heard a GOP member of Congress say to CNN's Dana Bash within the hour: "This bill will help employers reduce costs." Of course, it will. Employee medical coverage for large employers is the single most large and burdensome expense. Exhibit A. Legal Zoom  B. Your Busienss.Azcentral
Lest we forget "corporations are people, my friend!" Mitt Romney 2012.

"Hysterical"... Imagine the reaction of people who will be thrown off the registers of the medically insured. Now that will be a moment of hysteria.
While Republicans in Congress were moving towards repeal the ACA, Trump waddled to the Rose Garden to sign a religious Executive Order which will eventually lead to forms of federal sanctioned discrimination.
Your GOP at work. Remember, we may these people $175.000 plus expenses to hold their seats in the US Congress.

If you prefer not to view the video, we offer a CNN Money summary of what is In and what is Out of current ACA coverage. Link.
Here are the key measures in the House bill (MSNBC):
  • Mandates: It guts the IRS requirement in Obamacare that people with purchase health insurance or face a fine.
  • Tax credits: The bill replaces subsidies for people to purchase insurance in the individual market in the Affordable Care Act based on income with refundable tax credits based on age. The impact is that it will provide more people with assistance but with fewer dollars, especially for the older Americans.
  • Medicaid: The Medicaid expansion is frozen immediately and in two years the states can start to adopt either a block grant for the program or a new formula based on population instead of need. In an attempt to make the bill more conservative, work requirements have been added for most able-bodied recipients who aren't pregnant or caring for a child under 6.
  • High risk pools: The bill provides $130 billion to states over ten years for high risk insurance pools to cover the most expensive to insure. A new amendment by Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan adds an additional $8 billion to assist people with pre-existing conditions.
  • State waivers: States can obtain waivers so insurers don't have to offer robust benefits packages that include maternity care and mental health coverage. Waivers can also be obtained to charge sicker people and people with pre-existing conditions more. Those people would most likely then go into the high risk insurance pools.
  • Taxes: It repeals every Obamacare tax including the .9 percent tax on couples making more than $250,000 and a 3.8 percent tax on investment income.
  • Health Savings Accounts: The measure increases the allowable contribution limits of Health Savings Accounts
  • Other: It keeps the Obamacare provision that people under the age of 26 can stay on their parents' insurance.

Other plan changes and impact on demographic groups (The Nation)


Trumpcare passed the US HOUse with 227 GOP affirmative votes. Now the GOP members of Congress are off to a party at the White House.

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