The GOP rushed to pass their health care bill in the House before it could even get a grade from the Congressional Budget Office. But now, THREE WEEKS LATER we finally have some answers about what’s in it.
And it’s as bad as was expected.
The non-partisan CBO has determined the American Health Care Act as it stands will mean 23 million fewer people with health insurance by 2026 and 14 million fewer will qualify for Medicaid.
These numbers are pretty close to where they were under the previous incarnations of the bill. Though it obviously STILL goes against Donald Trump‘s promise of “insurance for everybody.”
NOW however, it’s going to cost more. While the previous bill was rated as cutting the deficit by about $150 mil over ten years, this one will only cut it by $119 mil.
But the biggest change is from the last-minute additions, which are all about giving individual states the option to waive Obamacare protections. The CBO says this will split the country into three different zones:
1. States That Waive Protections
About 1/6 of the country will live in areas that waive Obamacare protections. In these states the young and healthy will get cheaper health insurance. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions will pay much more.
2. States That Will Waive SOME Protections
The CBO estimates 1/3 of the populace will see some changes. Once again younger people are likely to be paying less for insurance by 2026, but they’ll also be losing many benefits.
3. States That Keep Obamacare Protections
The remaining 1/2 of U.S. citizens (we promise that math adds up!) will see their premiums remain the same as they have been, though there will may be other factors in the bill that affect them individually, especially by age.
If you’re young and healthy, you may think the first two don’t sound so bad. But it’s worth remembering that by 2026 you are likely to be less healthy and certain to be less young.
So might be a good idea to see which direction YOUR state is leaning and whether you need to call your Senator before the vote — or get ready to move across state lines.
Once again, the major takeaway from the American Health Care Act is that Republicans have stuck to their guns about NOT helping those who are needy or too infirm to help themselves.
How is it they always get the Christian vote again?