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GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah talk to a reporter as he steps onto the Capitol Subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Commentary by NEWSL staff

Here is the problem. America has become accustom to government provided healthcare, and they don’t want to let it go.

This is that ‘Progressive’ reach which Ronald Reagan spoke of (listen below).

This author recklessly frames this article that the ‘Republican’ health care bill would produce 23 million more uninsured people…and would perhaps make coverage unaffordable for the seriously ill.

The problem with this assumption is that it takes the worldview of government is the answer for everything, it is contrary to the founding principles of this country.

Either we believe in the free-market system, or we do not. If we do not, then we believe in a socialized distribution and selection of organizations or products.

Yes, 23 million Americans may have to change their plans from a government provided solution to a private solution, but they only become ‘uninsured’ if they choose to not get healthcare insurance.

It leaves the responsibility for the individual to make the best decision for themselves…even if that is to make a “bad decision.” However, what one might view as a “bad decision” is just an opinion of a third party without full knowledge of the actual situation. Personal responsibility for ones choices is the foundation of this view.

Now the second point. This author additionally makes the assumption that all ‘seriously ill’ are too poor to afford health coverage and thus will be uninsured. False!

This same thought can be given to a reckless driver attempting to gain auto insurance. Can he get it? Yes. Will it cost more? Absolutely…because he is a higher risk to the insuring company. (Off topic note: Are you getting mad because I am using the masculine reference here? You probably don’t agree with my points anyway…however, I would like to remind you that unless specified, the English language defaults to the masculine by grammatical rule).

In the end one must look at what is the purpose of government.

Either it holds the answer to everything. Or it exists to provide you with the freedoms and liberties to allow the individual to devise the answers to everything. Our job is to hold the government accountable to that in which it was originally devised within our Constitution (both State and Federal).

Final note, without boundaries, government will always grasp for more power.


 (AP) — Congress’ official budget analyst is projecting that the House Republican health care bill would produce 23 million more uninsured people and costly, perhaps unaffordable coverage for the seriously ill. Now Republicans in the Senate have to decide how to make their version different.

The Congressional Budget Office report, issued Wednesday, also found that average premiums would fall compared with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a chief goal of many Republicans.

But that would be partly because policies would typically provide fewer benefits and sicker people would be priced out, it concluded.

The results gave Democrats ammunition to attack the GOP drive to scuttle former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as damaging to patients.

Three weeks after the House narrowly approved the measure with GOP-only votes and after several embarrassing setbacks, Republican senators said they’d move in their own direction and dismissed the report’s impact.

In closed-door meetings aimed at crafting a measure, GOP senators have discussed changing the House’s proposed Medicaid cuts and aiming health care tax credits more toward low earners, but they’ve reported little progress.

“We’ll get ’em,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said when asked if GOP leaders would round up the votes they’ll need to pass a bill. “But it’s going to be difficult.”

The report found that under the House measure, people in some regions with pre-existing medical conditions or the seriously ill “would ultimately be unable to purchase” robust coverage at premiums comparable to today’s prices, “if they could purchase at all.”

That was a knock on 11th-hour changes Republicans made in the bill to gain conservatives’ votes by letting states get waivers to boost premiums on the ill and reduce coverage requirements.

The budget office said older people with lower income would disproportionately lose coverage. Over half of those becoming uninsured, 14 million people, would come from the bill’s $834 billion in cuts over 10 years to Medicaid, which provides health coverage to poor and disabled people.

“The report makes clear that Trumpcare would be a cancer on the American health care system,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., using the nickname Democrats have tried pinning on the bill.

Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, assailed the CBO for being inaccurate, and the White House issued a similar critique.

“The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare’s effect on cost and coverage,” Price said of the agency’s report on Obama’s law, “and they are wrong again.”

Many congressional Republicans took a sharply different tack, emphasizing some of the report’s more positive findings.

“This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit. It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. The previous version of the bill reduced shortfalls by $150 billion.

In a late compromise, House GOP conservatives…

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