If you voted for Trump I am quite certain you knew he wasn't serious about replacing Obamacare with health insurance for everyone that has better coverage and lower prices. You were only interested in the thrill of screaming "Lock her up" and making fun of disabled people. Maybe you just liked the idea of grabbing...well, never mind. Still, he did make a promise and he is keeping his promises, right? He is intent on building a $21 billion dollar wall, but something has to give and how important is health insurance for people who would have to work ten years to earn enough money to join Mar-A-Lago. We are told that you knew this, that Trump was your man come to blow up Washington, to get things done. Congrats, the polluters are free to dump lots of crap in your water with fewer inspections, gas mileage is going down (you do like to spend your money on gasoline, right?), the finance guys won't have to work in your interest under penalty of law. They can take your money and speculate for their own profit whether you get hurt or not. You don't care about those things, right? You just want to wear that Make America Great Again hat. You know, the one made in China. You may not be able to afford a Trump steak (That's really a thing, isn't it?), but you can wear that hat.
Well, enough of that. Let's deal with the good news. Millions Risk Losing Health Insurance in Republican Plan, Analysts Say https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/health/risk-of-losing-health-insurance-in-republican-plan.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=homepage&module=Ribbon&version=origin®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Home%20Page&pgtype=article
Millions of people who get private health coverage through the Affordable Care Act would be at risk of losing it under the replacement legislation proposed by House Republicans, analysts said Tuesday, with Americans in their 50s and 60s especially likely to find coverage unaffordable.
Starting in 2020, the plan would do away with the current system of providing premium subsidies based on people’s income and the cost of insurance where they live. Instead, it would provide tax credits of $2,000 to $4,000 per year based on their age.
But the credits would not cover nearly as much of the cost of premiums as the current subsidies do, at least for the type of comprehensive coverage that the Affordable Care Act requires, analysts said. For many people, that could mean the difference between keeping coverage under the new system and having to give it up.
...The Congressional Budget Office has yet to release its official estimates of how many people would lose coverage under the proposal, but a report from Standard & Poor’s estimated that two million to four million people would drop out of the individual insurance market, largely because people in their 50s and early 60s — those too young to qualify for Medicare — would face higher costs. Other analysts, including those at the left-leaning Brookings Institution, have estimated larger coverage losses.
...Other people likely to be hurt under the new plan are those in areas where the cost of coverage is high. Subsidies are now pegged to the cost of a plan within a specific market, but the tax credits in the Republican plan are the same whether you live in Alaska or Minnesota. Coverage tends to be most expensive in parts of the country where there are few hospitals or few insurers. “When it comes to health insurance, high-cost areas tend to be rural areas,”
... Analysts say the lack of out-of-pocket assistance is likely to make any plan much less attractive to low-income people.
...Dr. Molina, the Molina Healthcare chief executive, said insurers are likely to increase their premiums significantly because they will worry about enrolling more high-cost patients as healthier people opt to go without coverage.
“Insurance companies are going to jack up the rates,” predicted Dr. Molina, who said premiums might increase even more than they did last year when some companies raised the rates by 25 percent or more.
Of course, this article is just the beginning of a cascade of stories that tell the sad tale. Many, I expect, will be very similar to this one...
Ms. Brawley in Monroe, N.C., said she and her husband could barely afford their current premiums, and her deductible of $3,500 a year is far too high. Still, she added, “it’s better than owing $20,000 or $30,000.”
“This is my second year with the Obama insurance,” she continued, “but before then, I didn’t have any and didn’t go to the doctor.”
She and her husband voted for Mr. Trump — the first time she had voted in her life — she said, because “I thought he would make it better.”
Yes, there really was one or two people out there who actually did believe Trump when he promised better, cheaper health insurance. This is where I would normally make some snide remark about Trump voters, but not today. I know some of these people and they are going to suffer for their vote. That's a betrayal that inspires anger, not ridicule.