As everyone knows by now, the so-called “Freedom Caucus,” formerly known at the AstroTurf “tea party” — a.k.a. the Koch-funded project to get the Bush stink off of the word ‘Republican’ — were the ones who ended up doing the country a favor and blowing up the Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver’s (h/t Charlie Pierce) rotten debacle of an… Continue Reading →
They just didn’t realize healthcare was complicated. And health insurance is popular. Most of these Republicans in the House were elected SINCE 2008. They’ve never known a day on the job when they weren’t fighting Obamacare. But now their constituents (and let’s face it, truly awful people even farther to the right on repeal) have convinced… Continue Reading →
On the basis that we are paying high premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
Their “solution” charges much, much more. Which kind of makes it clear it’s a tax break masquerading as a healthcare plan.
Oops, there's the bigly cost-shift from AHCA pic.twitter.com/bUyPkGKE3Q
— Josh Bivens (@joshbivens_DC) March 22, 2017
Times are tough for rural America. School consolidation forces their children to travel outside their city to attend classes. Drought is killing crops and with it a season’s income or more. Now they must contend with the Republican Congress and President Donald Trump, who have crafted a health care plan that will hurt rural America. The… Continue Reading →
Nice to know someone’s keeping score:
In its press release, the AARP also pointed to how the bill would weaken the Medicare trust fund and the tax breaks it offers insurance and drugs companies as other areas of concern.
Some Republicans, particularly those representing older communities, have pointed to the effect the bill has on older consumers as a reason they are balking at the legislation. GOP senators are working on an amendment to make the tax credit scheme less burdensome for older consumers.
Read LeaMond’s full statement below:
“AARP recognizes the magnitude of the upcoming vote on this harmful legislation that creates an Age Tax, cuts the life of Medicare, and gives sweetheart deals to big drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of health care or prescriptions. We intend on letting all 38 million of our members know exactly how their Representative voted. Our members care deeply about their health care and have told us repeatedly that they want to know where their elected officials stand. We will communicate the results of the House vote to our members and the public through The Bulletin, a print publication that goes to all of our members, as well as through emails, social media, and other communications channels.
“This bill, if passed in its current form, will disproportionately hurt older adults between the ages of 50 and 64 by dramatically increasing insurance premiums to unaffordable rates. Allowing insurance companies to charge older adults an Age Tax 5 times or more than others for health insurance, and reducing tax credits to help pay for it, is quite simply unfair.”AARP is also concerned that this bill weakens the fiscal sustainability of Medicare, reduces cost-sharing help for out-of-pocket costs for 50- to 64-year-olds purchasing coverage on the individual insurance market, increases the number of uninsured Americans, and puts at risk the health and well-being of millions of poor seniors and disabled adults and children by capping funding for much needed services that allow individuals to live independently in their homes and communities.
“We are also profoundly disappointed that the big drug and insurance companies were given sweetheart deals while nothing was done to lower the cost of health care or prescriptions. Congress must do more to bring down the unsustainably high health care and prescription drug costs for consumers and taxpayers.”
Sen. Tom Cotton threw cold water on the White House and HHS Tom Price’s talking points about the “three phase” GOP health insurance legislation: “There is no three-phase process. There is no three-step plan.” Sen. Cotton joined radio host Hugh Hewitt this morning and they discussed the Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. Hewitt asked,… Continue Reading →
The long-awaited CBO report is out, and it’s bad for everyone, but especially bad for any Republican who votes for this train wreck. The toplines of the report are this: 24 million more uninsured, with at least half losing Medicaid coverage Paltry budget savings over 10 years — $337 billion Higher coverage costs for older people,… Continue Reading →
On today’s This Week with George Stephanopolous, the hot topic was Trumpcare, the Obamacare replacement that is being touted as the Best. Health. Insurance. Plan. Ever. (for CEOs and Rich People) and the answer to that pesky “let’s cover everyone” Obamacare socialist plan that we all enjoyed for the last few years which led to 20… Continue Reading →
Now he is out there pimping the dungheap that is the new healthcare reform bill as though Mitch and Murray from downtown were lighting his pants on fire. He even lost the suit coat and broke out the PowerPoint on Thursday. It was like watching something on cable access late at night, or a flop-sweaty rookie substitute teacher, and it was hilarious—except for the parts where people will lose their health insurance and die, of course. And this is what he said and, peace be unto Dave Barry, I am not making it up, either:
Paul Ryan said that insurance cannot work if healthy people have to pay more to subsidize the sick.
This is literally how all insurance works. If someone’s house burns down, some of your fire insurance money goes to help that person rebuild. If someone gets sick, some of your premium, healthy person, goes toward that person’s coverage. Increasingly, I have come to believe that Paul Ryan is a not particularly bright creature from another world. Let us see if we can explain this to the lad.
Let’s say that, in 1986, a 16-year-old lad loses his father to a sudden heart attack. Despite the fact that the family’s construction firm is relatively prosperous due to its generous share of government contracts, the family’s finances are considerably straitened. For the next two years, the young man and his mother receive Social Security survivor’s benefits. Of course, these came from millions of people who had Social Security withheld from their paychecks and whose fathers did not die young due to a sudden heart attack. One of them was, say, a 32-year-old sportswriter for the Boston Herald, who had Social Security withheld from what he was paid to watch the Red Sox blow the ’86 World Series, and whose father was still alive, but slipping fast into Alzheimer’s. Some of his money went to make sure Paul Ryan could complete high school and go on the college and get the BA in economics that made him the smartest man in the world.
Got it now?
Also, you’re welcome, rube.