The health of the American people just took a nosedive. How can that be, you ask?
A committee of medical experts looked at more than 1000 studies of blood pressure plus a major 2015 report by the federal government and determined that a reading above 130/80 constituted a health threat. The previous standard was 140/90. Some of you may not be concerned about this, but let me tell you. My reading was below the 130/80 when I had my first heart attack, so pay attention.
Under the guidelines, formulated by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the number of men under age 45 with a diagnosis of high blood pressure will triple, and the prevalence among women under age 45 will double.
This is ironic when another part of the federal government has made and continues to make a concerted effort to take health insurance from millions of Americans. It was reported today that Trump wants to add an item to the tax cut for the rich legislation. He is proposing to end the ACA mandate that everyone be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. Interestingly, the mandate was the cornerstone of the right wing Heritage Foundation health insurance scheme that eventually became Romneycare, then Obamacare.
So, on the one hand you have a heightened health risk identified for the pre-45 crowd at the same time millions may face the loss of health insurance. The people facing that immediate threat, assuming the tax cut for the rich passes and the mandate is added, are those who depend on the state markets for their insurance purchases from private companies. Those who earn too much money to receive a government assist, will find the markets destabilized by this action and the price of insurance skyrocket--if policies are even offered. One of our own contributors from this pool of customers talked about the cost increases his wife faced in the past. That is nothing compared to what she will face in the future if Trump's plan becomes law.
Republicans have expressed a concern that the election a week ago might result in Virginia expanding Medicaid under the ACA regulations. I cannot fathom why it is considered fiscally prudent to sanction the subpar work and lost productivity that comes from sick people showing up to spread their illness because they can't afford health care. I am willing to bet that many from the hundreds of thousands of Virginians who would qualify for this suffer from high blood pressure under the new guidelines and have no clue. It's not called the silent killer for nothing.
Senate Republicans agreed this afternoon to include repeal of the ACA mandate in their tax cut for the rich bill. Yay! The bipartisan efforts to stabilize state health insurance markets was just destroyed in a matter of minutes. Great job you bozos. This is one serious injustice that working people who cannot afford health insurance pay taxes that provide the best health care in the world to a Congress that denies a minimum of care to them.
The Congressional Budget Office said axing the mandate would result in 13 million more Americans without insurance over the next 10 years, but would save $338 billion—money that could be used to reduce the tax bill’s overall impact on the deficit. Top GOP Senator: Tax Bill Will Scrap Obamacare Individual Mandatehttps://www.thedailybeast.com/top-gop-senator-tax-bill-will-scrap-obamacare-individual-mandate
So a tax cut for the rich that will actually increase taxes on millions of low, middle, and upper middle federal income taxpayers, and STILL adds over a trillion dollars to the national debt, requires that we take health insurance away from 13 million poor Americans. Wow! Is this a great democracy or what?