Health care affordability remains the stumbling block for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., as he considered his vote on the American Health Care Act, the lawmaker said today. But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans.
The problem is, repealing the ACA will make insurance cost more for many people-and the people who see their premiums go down will see their other health care costs go up.
The Congressional Budget Office finds that a 64-year-old making $26,000 per year would pay about $13,000 more per year for health insurance. And, according to the CBO, the bill would drive more people into insurance plans with high deductibles by providing smaller tax credits for consumers and enabling insurers to pay less of a patient's total health care costs than now required.
Mark Pauly, a professor of health-care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who tends to favor market solutions in health care, said that while the ObamaCare rules are "paternalistic", it would be problematic to offer subsidies without standards.
According to Wallethub, the city of Yuma is ranked as the most negatively affected city to suffer under the President's news healthcare plan.
It has been seven years since former President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.
Much could change, however, in the coming days and weeks as Senate Republicans take their turn debating the plan. The House was slated to vote Thursday night, but the legislation has been running into trouble - from the right and the center.
Obamacare helped people get health insurance two ways; by means of Medicaid expansion for lower income folks and by opening up avenues to purchase subsidized health insurance policies.
Obama further urged voters to remain vocal on any proposed changes to the US health care system, offering that "Americans who love their country still have the power to change it". Meanwhile, no additional states would be allowed to opt into the Medicaid expansion program that added coverage for 70,000 people. The Republican plan is a plan to kill poorer Americans; they know it, and they don't care.
While the bill known as "Trumpcare" would save the government over $300 billion, almost 24 million Americans would suffer.