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Senate Health Bill Would Revamp Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support


Senate Health Bill Would Revamp Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support

Julie Rovner

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law’s coverage guarantees.

The bill also repeals the tax mechanism that funded the Affordable Care Act’s benefits, resulting in hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy and health care industry.


A higher percentage of older Murkins than any other age group voted for Trump, yet TrumpDon’tCare also defunds Medicare which will enable Paul Ryan to realize his career long dream of gutting Medicare.

My health and the health of everybody I know over age 50 fall into the upper 10 percentile for our age group, yet we ALL have pre-existing conditions. Do any of you readers know anybody over age 50 who has no pre-existing conditions ?


McConnell is worried about insurance we don’t need and can’t afford, but don’t we pay premiums to insure the wealth of the ownership class and bail them out when they dabble in organized crime and it doesn’t pay off?


Gotta admire the sheer audacity of parts of the Republican “healthcare” plan. Leave the worst parts up to the states to work out for themselves (how will the states come up with the funds needed to cover the working poor, the unemployed, the disabled as the Federal gov’t gradually takes away its part of the Medicaid/Mediare funding?). Or the part where the state can impose a work requirement for those who apply for Medicaid (I can just see the signs being held out by the unemployed now: “Laid off due to cancer. Will work for chemotherapy.”). Another part leaves the states to negotiate with the insurance companies (what do the insurance companies actually have to cover? That’s negotiable, from preexisting conditions to maternity care. The insurance companies will drive a hard bargain with the states. “You want our insurance company to offer coverage in your state? Well, we don’t want to cover emergency room visits, cancer care, annual check-ups, preexisting conditions…”).

And in the end, all the voters will blame their state houses for the lack of affordable care and forget that the Republicans at the national level brought it all about. You’d think the various states would be running ads all over the place right about now and governors would be making speeches. Oh, wait, most of our states are now run by Republicans. Hmm. Maybe they’re on board with all this, and when the shit hits the fan, they’ll just say, “At least we aren’t forcing you to buy a product you may not need and can’t afford anyway, suckers.”