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May 10, 2017
Between the Lines
If you want to keep your health care, you might be out of luck . . .
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --
Our illustrious president is claiming the House’s passing of Repeal and Replace as the best thing since sliced bread. Oh yes, indeed it is, especially good for those making over $300K a year, because they are going to receive a whopping 850 billion dollar tax cut over the next ten years. They get the elevator, we get the shaft! Hey folks if my eighth grade math is correct, that’s nearly a trillion dollars! I wonder who is going to pick that one up? Well at least we know who won’t be picking it up. Not much of a consolation for the rest of us in the 98 percent group.
That my friends is just one of the things that appears to be wrong with this legislation. The legislation messes with some of the most popular parts of the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as Obama Care, now known as Trump-Ryan Care, sorry guys you now own it.
If you have pre-existing conditions, how we know it today, will probably be gone, or drastically modified. It sounds like the bill will allow states to opt out of many of the things that were covered before in the Affordable Healthcare Act. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely problems with Obama Care, however the entire act was not beyond repair. After all, a super majority of people, being continuously polled last year, were very much in favor of most of the key parts of the bill.
One congressman was quoted as saying, “If their state doesn’t have coverage for their pre-existing condition, they can move to a state that does!” How did this guy ever get elected!
This bill, as written, will without a doubt hurt the poorest and elderly people in our country. According to the vast majority of health care providers, and insurance companies, this bill does not make things better, and in many ways makes things worse.
Seniors will be hit the hardest with insurance increases. In the Affordable Health Care Act, coverage for seniors was capped at three times the rate of younger persons, if it passes as written now that will increase to five times the rate of young people.
If the bill passes as is, which is doubtful, it would make our country a checkerboard of sorts. There will definitely be winners and losers. Minnesota, Massachusetts and states that previously had similar health care programs, will probably be less affected than those, mostly the southern states, that didn’t have as good programs. Minnesota probably had one of the best health care systems in the nation.
Having said that, there is a good possibility that over 100,000 Minnesotans and 24 million Americans over all are likely to lose their health care due either to cuts in services, or increases in health insurance.
The bill, as is, stands to allow states opting out to eliminate or change things like coverage for maternity care, asthma, mental illness, and the biggie pre-existing conditions.
Seniors will likely be hit the hardest, with cuts to medicare. But remember this, President Trump was quoted saying, “We will not touch medicare.” Myself and the rest of the members of AARP will do everything we can to hold his feet to the fire on that one!
These are just a few of the things that appear to be wrong with this bill. It still needs to get through the Senate, and that will not be an easy task as things stand today. This thing is far from over.
Listen, I know that the Affordable Healthcare Act was not perfect, but to throw the thing out with a bill that seems to have huge flaws is totally irresponsible. They passed this bill without any input from the Office of Budget and Management. It is like planning a fifty state tour without a road map.
Have a great week and do good!
P.S. I still want to know, where’s Kelly Ann Conway??? Shouldn’t someone be sending out a search party? I hear there have been brief sightings of her recently.
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