Tuesday, September 19, 2017

GOP sneak attack on Americans

The republicans are relaunching their attack on Americans, this time using stealth tactics, trying to fly their most recent iteration of Obamacare repeal under the radar.
With only two weeks left to move forward with a partisan health care repeal bill, some Senate Republicans are trying one last time to rip coverage from millions of Americans. Their latest effort, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would make devastating cuts to Medicaid and cut and eventually eliminate funding that helps people in the individual insurance market afford coverage, leading to at least 32 million fewer people having coverage after 2026.
Those who did not lose coverage would see their premiums increase significantly. In the first year, premiums would increase by 20 percent. But the increases would be even greater for people with pre-existing conditions because the bill would let insurers in the individual market charge a premium markup based on health status and history, which could increase their premiums by tens of thousands of dollars.
How much could premiums increase? Here's one estimate:

Most republicans in the house and senate are bound and determined to pass this abomination, before it can be reviewed by committees, and scored by the CBO; debate on it will be restricted to seconds. The senate republicans are reported to be one vote away from passage.

Question for discussion: to which circle of hell would Dante consing proponents of this legislation?

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