What are the facts?
The facts about Trumpcare have been skewed and/or misrepresented by the liberal media. Many liberals are probably most outraged by the part that takes funding from Planned Parenthood. And, takes funding for grants that in most cases provided very little advancement.
Here are the facts via Trumpcare.com:
The Senate Releases Their Version of Trumpcare
After weeks of speculation about how the American Health Care Act would change once it reached the Senate. Republican lawmakers on Thursday, June 22, released a draft of their bill. Titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The new bill cuts back on several provisions of the current law – the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it’s more commonly called. And, changes several features of the House bill that came before it. Here’s a summary of what we might expect under Trumpcare if the Senate bill gets signed into law as-is. Albeit an unlikely scenario.
Among the biggest points of contention between Republicans and Democrats alike is the treatment of Medicaid. The House bill (AHCA) made substantial changes to the joint federal and state program for low-income Americans, and the Senate bill appears to go even further. Under the Better Care Reconciliation Act:
- Medicaid expansion will end much sooner than it might have under the AHCA. Over the next four years, the expansion guidelines (allowing those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level) would be phased out. By 2020, no new enrollees in the expanded guidelines would be permitted. Federal funding for expansion shrinks to 90 percent by 2020 and decreases by 5 percent until 2023, at which point expansion funding ends entirely.
- Funding for the Medicaid program shifts to a per-capita system based on the consumer price index for medical care until 2025. At that point, per-capita funding will be based on the consumer price index for all goods, which is a lower mark of growth. Effectively, this would force even larger spending cuts to the program on a nationwide basis.
- States will be given the option to require Medicaid recipients to work, with notable exceptions for students, disabled people and pregnant women. States can also decide what constitutes employment for Medicaid purposes, including how long someone has to work in order to qualify for state assistance.
Under Obamacare, cost assistance exists in the form of tax credits or subsidies designed to reduce the burden of monthly premiums for low- and middle-income Americans. Credits are based on income. The House bill created tax credits based on age, but the Senate reverts to the ACA’s approach of income-based assistance – with limitations:
- Under the Senate bill, people who earn up to 350 percent of the federal poverty level would qualify for tax credits to reduce the cost of premiums. By contrast, current law caps assistance at 400 percent of the FPL.
- Tax credits decrease with age. Older people will spend a greater portion of their income on health insurance premiums than younger people.
- The Senate bill also caps tax credits at a lower overall percentage of the cost of medical care, effectively making them less robust than the subsidies that exist under current law.
- For insurers, the Senate bill continues funding for cost-sharing subsidies through 2019. This is a significant concession as several major insurers have bowed out of the individual marketplace due to uncertainty over cost-sharing subsidies. These subsidies reimburse insurance companies for offering lower cost-sharing amounts to lower-income enrollees. CSR payments have been on hold this year while a case is pending in court.
There are several other important changes that the Senate bill makes to the original AHCA, including state waivers for essential health benefits, a repeal on certain Obamacare taxes, funding for grants to fight the opioid crisis in America, and a lack of funding for any abortion services. In summary:
- States could apply for a waiver of the essential health benefits requirement currently mandated by law. Which would allow them to define essential health benefits for their individual marketplaces. Instead of requiring all health plans to cover a robust set of benefits. This could open up the possibility of cheaper plans with higher out-of-pocket costs.
- Insurers may be able to reduce the overall percentage of medical care that they cover under the Senate bill. Going from an average of 75 percent to 58 percent. The Senate plan also might increase average out-of-pocket expenses by 68 percent.
- The Senate bill keeps the House bill’s elimination of Obamacare taxes – such as the 3.8 percent tax on investment income for people earning about $200,000 a year – primarily for the very wealthy, who could see significant tax cuts as a result.
- There’s a one-time total grant of $2 billion available to states that need assistance in developing programs to combat the growing opioid addiction epidemic. This provision may prove popular in states that have been particularly affected by the drug crisis.
- Under the Senate bill, people can’t use any funding from the Better Care Reconciliation Act to pay for abortion. Or, to buy plans that cover abortion. Funds from the BCRA also can’t be given to providers who deal with abortion in any way. Which means that this provision of the Senate bill effectively defunds Planned Parenthood.
Which was concluded by saying:
These changes in no way represent the final bill that will be submitted to President Trump. But, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hopeful of a vote in the upper chamber as early as next week. Senate moderates have been vocal in their stance against deep Medicaid cuts. The Senate bill does not appear to reflect this vocal opposition. Nor does it do anything to strike a balance between the middle and far-right members of the Republican Party. Not to mention opponents on the left. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 will undoubtedly go through a host of changes as it works its way to the president’s desk.
Here’s the reality:
Obamacare has destroyed healthcare in the United States. It took flawed healthcare, and turned it into a crisis. The left uses the people who were given healthcare via the expansion of medicaid. And, leaves out the millions of working class American’s who no longer receive healthcare. Because, of the flawed program that is Obamacare. American’s deserve better. There should never come a point where non-contributors are considered more important than the American’s who make our nation function. Healthcare is a profession. To view it as a right is like looking at vehicle ownership as a right. Not everyone can afford it. But, the people who are functioning members of society, should not be the people who are sacrificed to give desirable benefits to non-contributors. It should not be the people with professions who risk their health at the expense of providing healthcare “free”.
Obamacare really hurt American’s!
Obamacare is an imploding disaster that is systematically destroying the middle-class. The middle-class has been affected by extreme deductibles. The middle-class has been effected by historically high insurance premiums. While the left uses the people who are benefiting through the expansion of medicaid, to distort the facts. They are purposefully leaving out the millions who go to work everyday uncovered incapable of providing health insurance for their families.