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Conservative Estimates say 165,000 Wisconsinites will Spend More and/or lose Health Insurance!

Friday, February 17, 2017 11:20
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(Before It's News)

Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is going to
force tens of millions of Americans off their health care
plans. 
Let’s take a look at Wisconsin, district by district, and see
who’s constituents will suffer the consequences of a purely
political decision:

Between 20 and 30 million people
will lose their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed by
Congressional Republicans with no replacement plan. Charles Gaba, a
Michigan-based health care analyst and owner of target="_blank" href="/r2/?url=http://acasignups.net/" target="_blank">acasignups.net,
wants to remind people that “each one of those numbers is a real,
live human being.” That’s why he decided to break down the number
of people who could potentially lose insurance after a full repeal
of Obamacare by congressional district, so people could get a sense
of the impact a repeal would have in their own
community.


Paul Ryan to the Rescue? While Paul Ryan waits for the cost
estimates for his repeal and replace health care plan from the
Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation,
"http://www.wrex.com/story/34526625/2017/02/16/house-gop-obamacare-repealreplacement-eliminates-federal-subsidies-insurance-mandate"
target="_blank">news outlets
obtained the href=
"http://democurmudgeon.blogspot.com//feeds/posts/https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3462852/GOP-Health-Policy-Brief.pdf"
target="_blank">actual outlined repeal/replace Republican
plan. 

I think “driving off a cliff” best describes what the
Republicans have in mind. There is no global example where a
country thought this was a good idea, or for that matter, worth
trying.

With a “free market” health care plan corporate profiteering will
kick into overdrive as time goes on, forcing “consumers” with
cancer, heart conditions, and victims of accidents to pay a
majority of the bills headed their way. It’s not like anyone can
afford to stick $2,000 to $12,000 away in a savings account.

Warnings have been issued from both political camps on the dangers
of destroying the taxing sources needed to fund the Republican
plan. Remember, Republicans have pledged never to raise taxes, so
just keeping in place Obama’s ACA’s taxes would help the GOP keep
that pledge and fund their plan:

Republicans want to change all
of that. To lower the cost of healthcare, Republicans would provide
relief from all the Obamacare tax increases,
including: 

• The tax on health insurance
premiums 
• The medicine cabinet
tax 
• The tax on prescription
drugs 
• The tax on medical
devices 
• The increased expense threshold
for deducting medical expenses. 

My very well off younger brother mentioned had one major pet peeve
over ObamaCare; he thought it was unfair his higher earnings
prevented him from getting subsidized help. Well, that’s no longer
a problem:

The credit is not based on
income. This will help simplify the verification process and expand
access for Americans who have been left behind by
Obamacare.

The CBO has already panned every one of Ryan’s previous versions of
this cruel profit based plan for sick people that assumes medical
treatment is a consumer product that we shop for. Not one of the
following items lowers the cost of health care, unless you consider
not having decent coverage a good idea:

1. Americans would no longer be
required to purchase health insurance.

2. The plan also calls for ending the health insurance
exchanges.

3. The federal income-based subsidies given to Americans will also
go away.

4. The government would offer refundable tax credits based on
age.

The most insulting part of Ryan’s plan is his no nonsense admission
that to taxpayers will be footing the bill to treat sick people,
instead of insurance companies, who are left with health premium
paying Americans.


The House GOP plan also seeks to
provide “State Innovation Grants” so states can establish insurance
pools for high-risk consumers with preexisting conditions. The
grants could be used to establish something similar to the Health
Insurance Risk Sharing Plan (HIRSP) Wisconsin had in place prior to
Obamacare taking effect. The goal is to reduce out-of-pocket costs
like co-payments, premiums and deductibles for people who have more
health coverage needs.

A former liberal radio talk host who likes to ask the “follow-up
question” at "http://democurmudgeon.blogspot.com/" target=
"_blank">Democurmudgeon.blogspot.com



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