Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reality Versus Republicans, ACA Edition

Health care- just who to believe?  A knotty problem.

The Republicans' intentions regarding Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would accomplish the following:

The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 18 million in the first new plan year following enactment of the bill. Later, after the elimination of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility and of subsidies for insurance purchased through the ACA marketplaces, that number would increase to 27 million, and then to 32 million in 2026.

Premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by 20 percent to 25 percent—relative to projections under current law—in the first new plan year following enactment. The increase would reach about 50 percent in the year following the elimination of the Medicaid expansion and the marketplace subsidies, and premiums would about double by 2026.

So, to be brief, the Republicans' almost unchangeable intentions are going to steal medical coverage from a tenth of the population, and double the cost of insurance for everyone else.

Of course, Republicans see things differently.  As reported at Daily Kos, they are taking this tack:

Congressman Steve Scalise:  "CBO misses the point. Obamacare will be replaced with lower costs and more choices."

Well, actually higher costs and less choices, but why quibble over a couple of details?


Jerry Critter said...

Sorry, Stevie, but I think you missed the point.

One Fly said...

It was never going to be anything else.

Professor Chaos said...

"Lower costs and more choices" is not a plan. Its a desired outcome. They have no plan to arrive at that outcome.

Green Eagle said...

Missing the point is part of the job when you are a Republican. Unless you really believe that teachers need to be armed to fend off bears.