The GOP’s AHCA Bill certainly has the need for some improvement when it heads over to the Senate. Hopefully Rand Paul & others can make some adjustments that bring in some of their really good ideas. This bill falls short, however, it is far better than what would be going on if Hillary Clinton had won the election. Obamacare is absolutely imploding right now. Some states are down to one insurance company. Other states have 90+ counties with NO insurance provider. If Hillary were in office they would be letting it completely collapse so they could usher in their dream of a “single payer” system, which is socialized medicine. That’s the first step in converting the USA into a communist country. Hillary would be moving full speed ahead with the “Death Panels” that are in Obamacare, confiscating our guns, and shutting down independent media. We’ll take a somewhat flawed first step towards getting out from under the disaster of Obamacare over the actions of a tyrant like Hillary any day of the week.
Here’s what President Trump had to say about the House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act today.
“Thank you very much. This really is the group. What a great group of people. and they’re not even doing it for the party, they’re doing it for this country — because we suffered with Obamacare. I went through two years of campaigning, and I’m telling you, no matter where I went, people were suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare.
And I will say this, that as far as I’m concerned, your premiums, they’re going to start to come down. We’re going to get this passed through the Senate. I feel so confident. Your deductibles, when it comes to deductibles, they were so ridiculous that nobody got to use their current plan — this nonexistent plan that I heard so many wonderful things about over the last three or four days. After that, I mean, it’s — I don’t think you’re going to hear so much. Right now, the insurance companies are fleeing. It’s been a catastrophe. And this is a great plan. I actually think it will get even better. And this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it. Make no mistake”. You can see the full comments in the video below.
Here is an excerpt from a Q&A article that the Washington Post ran today regarding what is actually in the bill.
Q: Is the bill that passed the House today intended to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
Not entirely. In the seven years since a Democratic Congress and the Obama administration pushed through the ACA, the House has taken more than 60 votes to repeal all or part of it. But today’s vote was a first-stage effort, with the bill intended — at least originally — to address only those parts of the sprawling law with budgetary implications. It is designed that way so the Senate will have an easier time passing the legislation under a “reconciliation” process that allows bills with budgetary impact to be approved by a simple majority, rather than a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.
Q: So what does the House Republican bill include and exclude?
In broad strokes, the legislation has a lot of financial aspects. For instance, it would substantially reduce the funding for subsidies that the ACA provides to most people seeking health coverage through insurance marketplaces the law created. It also would make other changes to those subsidies in ways that, overall, would help younger adults and increase premiums for older people. The bill also would eliminate several taxes the ACA created to help pay for its provisions, including on health insurers.
The House GOP plan would not eliminate the requirement that most Americans carry health insurance. Instead, it would get rid of the penalty imposed for not having insurance and would create a new deterrent for not having coverage: a one-year 30 percent surcharge that insurers could tack onto their rates.
Q: Would this affect the number of people with insurance in the United States?
Yes. According to an estimate of the bill’s original version by the Congressional Budget Office, 24 million more people would be uninsured by 2026. The CBO has not updated that forecast since House Republicans tinkered with aspects of the legislation to secure enough GOP votes for it to narrowly pass.
Q: What would happen to the ACA’s marketplaces?
The bill would not end the federal and state marketplaces that, since 2014, have been a route to insurance for people who cannot get affordable health benefits through a job. However, while the ACA’s premium subsidies can be used only within these marketplaces, the bill’s new tax credits could also be used outside them. A looming question is what effect the House’s vote on Thursday will have on insurers’ willingness to stay in the marketplaces for 2018 — a particularly pressing question since spring is generally when insurers need to tell states whether they are in or out for the following year.
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