No 'free market' in health care
Frances Clayton | March 20, 2017, 0:42
No 'free market' in health care
The package represents the first major piece of legislation aimed at fulfilling a top 2016 campaign promise - further, Trump has said Washington must first deal with health care before officials can tackle the next policy priority of tax reform. "Certainly, the costs are going to go up and the credits are going to go down".
Many in Texas are keeping a close eye on the Republican bid to replace the Affordable Care Act. In the next year alone, the CBO estimates 14 million people would be left without access to coverage and healthcare. And after he won, he said he wanted coverage for everyone.
To the editor: The linchpin of our health insurance dilemma is the mandate.
Childs said she's not happy with the tax credits the bill provides to offset costs of health insurance - those credits will become a growing and costly entitlement, some conservatives warn - and she said the bill leaves too many ACA regulations in place. The House plan also includes tax deductions, rather than tax credits. Buyers younger than 30 would get a $2,000 tax credit, with increases per decade of age.
There are some winners in the GOP plan - and not just the wealthy who get big tax cuts out of the deal.
The GOP bill would be a better deal for many younger Americans because insurers would be able to charge younger folks less compared to older Americans. "Older folks will stop getting coverage through this new mechanism and really, there wouldn't be anything else for them".
The writer basically reiterates the standard GOP talking points and assumes all will go well if only states received federal block grants to address health insurance issues and costs. In terms of trying to cover the uninsured, with the Affordable Care Act we've covered approximately 20 million people with health insurance coverage, and have declined the number of uninsured in the country to the lowest point it's been basically in recorded time. Not everyone agrees. Washington and Lee law professor emeritus Timothy Jost says younger and wealthier people in low-priced areas will be better off than they were under Obamacare. Having to pay thousands more for health insurance could force many to make hard choices between food, medicine, housing and other basic necessities. "It's a no-win situation for these older folks". It would take the profits that insurance companies gain from denying claims out of the process of providing health care.
Lower prices, the Republicans claim, will come with increased competition.
Reaction to the CBO report. Most families have had family members insured by Medicare and Medicaid. "Because Obamacare mandated people be covered, whether they needed crappy government healthcare or not".
"People see the word "Medicaid" and they think 'poor people, '" Powell said. They paid less than 10% of their income for insurance.
About 150-170,000 people in Iowa gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion, they won't necessarily automatically loose coverage, that's to be determined, but the state won't get the same amount of money that they did for those people.
By 2030, an estimated 6,248 Frederick County residents will be living in assisted living or nursing home communities, according to the county's Department of Aging.