Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Graham/Cassidy health care: block grants for blockheads

Their bill does everything that the worst ones defeated earlier did, except puts funding into "block grants" to states, which is more like grants for "blockheads" who believe this will lower premiums or provide any meaningful or affordable  coverage for those who had insurance under Obamacare. .It removes subsidies of premiums in the exchanges killing the exchanges which was the mechanism form lowering the costs of premiums to middle America. It reduces both expansion and traditional Medicaid funding  and those premium support funds by a third before it goes away entirely in 2026., It removes any standards or even requirements for employers to provide insurance. It removes requirements that anyone have insurance,   and  permits irresponsible and freeloaders to count  on charity care  should any unforeseen illness or accident occur.  This leaves the responsible and  the sick  in the pool to pay super high premiums .   It allows   states to charge more to seniors and for everyone who has a  pre-existing condition.  It removes any requirements  to offer any essential benefits, including annual physicals and cancer screenings.
. If consumers swallow their soothing reassurances, they are in for a shock as 30 million lose their insurance, not because they were forced to buy it, but because they cannot afford the premiums without the subsidies or were covered by Medicaid. To say otherwise is sheer BS and those who swallow the GOP line will be much wiser in a year or two...and angry as well that they were bamboozled.   

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked the Senate to not consider an amendment put forward by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South…

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