If there’s one thing that Americans of the left and right can agree on, it’s that Obamacare was, and is an epic healthcare failure. It was called the Affordable Care Act, but the people who needed it the most were the ones who could not afford it. People who’ve spent their lives working lower wage jobs and having been offered no benefits at work were forced to pay a tax or buy the lowest tier insurance plan from Obamacare. Those same people, many of them being older people who worked the lower wage jobs for so many years, simply could not afford the Obamacare. Even younger people in their 20’s and 30’s who are in the beginning stages of their careers could not afford it.
Here we are with the GOP health care bill, American Healthcare Act, passing the first stage of voting and being sent to the Senate. We should state that this health care act may not be any better than Obamacare considering it barely passed stage one.
But that’s not the important part. What’s really important is that democrats are up to no good once again. We just can’t get a truthful moment from them.
Seems like the democrats are telling lies to their fellow democrats, scaring people into thinking various inaccuracies about the new health care act. The leftists say the AHCA will not cover people with preexisting conditions. Right wingers state that the AHCA will cover those people.
What’s the deal? The AHCA barely passed the first stage and is on its way to the Senate where it may not survive round two and people have consistently suggested that the GOP health care act WILL cover preexisting conditions. My question is this – under what conditions and costs?
Rep. MacArthur discusses the House passing the GOP health care bill and mentions a few things that we should take note of.
One of the lies Democrats are spreading about the Obamacare replacement bill is that it does not cover or account for pre-existing conditions.
One of the problems of accounting for them is that it can spike costs of premiums for everyone else.
So the solution that the GOP came up with was the MacArthur Amendment.
From Daily Caller:
New Jersey Republican and Tuesday Group co-chair Tom MacArthur proposed an amendment allowing states to waive Obamacare’s Title I regulations, which means insurers could raise premiums for certain people with pre-existing conditions. In order to get other moderates on board, Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton introduced an amendment setting up an $8 billion fund “to ensure a strong safety net and reduce premiums, or other out-of-pocket costs, for those with pre-existing conditions.”
States must ask for, and receive, a waiver to allow insurers to raise premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. Then, and only then, would those with pre-existing conditions receive help from the $8 billion fund.
Here’s the problem with that. If someone is stricken with cancer and can only work part-time, opposed to full time, then what if they can no longer afford their premium? The Obamacare premiums were some of the highest I’ve ever seen. Even people with full-time jobs who get benefits from their jobs don’t pay that much into their insurance. The Obamacare premiums were so high that people would need to get second jobs after working their first 40 hours. There’s nothing good about that. Our day is 24 hours with eight for work, eight for leisure, and eight for sleep. Rinse and repeat. If people pay a percentage based premium, based on their salary/income, then maybe that would be best. Perhaps 2% of your earnings go to your healthcare. Of course the rich pay more, which is fine because it helps take care of the middle class in the event of an emergency. But that doesn’t mean the middle class isn’t paying. They might pay for their insurance premium from the time they’re 18 until the time they’re 65 and barely ever have a problem. That’s nothing but money earned for the insurance company which essentially balances out those who unfortunately fall on harder times. If insurance companies want to raise premiums, then they should target the drug addicts, alcoholics, smokers, obese, and purposely unhealthy folks. They’re a strain on our American healthcare system because they cost more and they’re doing it on purpose. If a healthy person who has paid into the system for 30 years becomes ill with a terrible disease, then how can you even consider asking them for a higher premium?
The guarantee that people with permanent or pre-existing health problems could get insurance was a key promise of Obamacare, and President Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that coverage for pre-existing conditions be included in the health care replacement bill.
This is great. Coverage for preexisting conditions should always be included in our healthcare system. People don’t wake up and ask for something terrible to happen.
What’s not great is all the misinformation being sent into the public by people who simply dislike the GOP. I can put myself in the middle and view things from both angles, always ending up in the right (we make more sense), but I TRY hard to understand things from the whiny liberal side and I simply don’t understand them at all because they’re literally delusional.
When the leftists are so hurt from losing the election that they might even consider telling lies about the AHCA because it will destroy the ACA and eradicate every thought of Obama’s plan, then that’s when you’ve lost all credibility and respect.
Here’s a man who knows a thing or two about respect, courage, honor, and dignity and he’s presenting himself in front of congress to speak his truth about our healthcare system.
We should probably listen closely.
Rep. Brian Mast (R., Fla.) spoke Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives to lambast Democrats for their statements on the Republican health care bill, calling them “lies.” Mast defended the health care bill from Democrat claims that the legislation repeals the component of the Affordable Care Act that covers pre-existing conditions. “I, too, am a person with pre-existing conditions, and I believe it’s not just something I should do, it’s a responsibility for me to be the staunchest advocate for people out there that have pre-existing conditions,” Mast said. “And that is why I am such an ardent supporter of this bill.”
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