We can't afford any more partisan health care plans

Toni Houston
March 21, 2017

The USA Today reported that US President Donald Trump is getting deeply involved to bridge the gap in the current American Health Care Act to make it easier for him to push the new US health care bill through the House of Congress.

If you get your health care from your employer, you may be one of 7 million people who will lose it.

Ryan has acknowledged the bill will have to change to pass the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

Trumpcare is opposed by the AARP, the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Medical Association and the American Health Care Association, as well as other organizations.

In fact, the House Republican plan, which would slash health insurance coverage for tens of millions to give the rich a huge tax cut and further deregulate insurers, would actually make it harder for Americans to get a square deal or shop intelligently for care. Those credits don't come close to paying for insurance, however.

I envision a true marketplace for health care that empowers Montanans with more control over their spending, lowers the cost of care, and offers countless options for quality coverage that meets personal needs and budgets.


One writer talks of the "freedom" restored to people with the proposed GOP healthcare plan.

Another change for the bill indicates boosted tax credits for older Americans.

"So because the American Health Care Act - at least in the short term - continues that enhanced level of federal funding for Medicaid expansion states - which Virginia is not - there's also some concern for funding equity in that regard as well", Walker said. "Policy like allowing small companies to get together to buy insurance as a group". For example, a 60-year-old with $20,000 in annual income would receive nearly $10,000 in ACA subsidies compared to $4,000 from the Republican plan, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. I think most of you would say "heck no".

While it is plausible to argue that individuals should have the right to choose to go without health insurance for themselves, it does not follow that parents should have the right to leave their children unprotected by not purchasing health insurance for them. Mandatory coverage meant more customers. Only New York and Minnesota take advantage of that ACA feature, the end of which accounts for a third of the projected loss in the next four years.

How can people making $50,000 a year, for example, afford $20,000 a year in premiums with a $9,000 deductible?

Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney recently told CBS News that he believed that the GOP health care plan would cover more people.

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