And it is still as bad as before, except now there are a couple of amendments that some moderate Republicans think they can hide behind, so this thing may get a vote this week. What’s wrong with the revised ACHA?
- This revised bill treats people with pre-existing conditions very badly. It will allow states to get waivers from community ratings, it will allow insurance companies to price people with pre-existing conditions out of the market, and won’t provide much of a safety net in terms of high risk pools. This weakening of pre-existing protections comes not just in ACA policies, but also in employer-provided plans as well. So the entire effort is not just to undo insurance protections for people who are in the individual market, but also those in the group markets as well. If this passes, no one is safe from catastrophic losses from medical issues in your family.
- Poorest Americans will still bear the biggest brunt of AHCA — Medicaid still is planned to be reduced by $880 billion dollars over the next decade and there’s no replacement or other medical fallback for these Americans.
- All of this unwinding of pre-existing coverage and Medicaid coverage is meant to finance a massive tax cut for rich Americans.
So right now there is a lot of press chatter on this Upton Amendment which it said to add $8B to this bill that takes at least $880B away from Medicaid. It’s peanuts and a fig leaf for a handful of so-called moderate Republicans to be able to say that they softened the blow od the ACHA. Even though it doesn’t. Not one whit. Giving insurance companies the ability to re-discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions still takes that insurance away from those folks. And the new twist here is that employer insurance is also freed from the shackles of “must cover’ too.
Who votes for people who are hell bent to hurt more than 24M Americans by utterly undermining the insurance they thought they bought?
Pay no attention to the bullshit coverage on this Upton Amendment. It is a fraud not meant to help anyone other than the GOP House members looking for a way to not look like they are hurting as many Americans. And the rich people who get the tax cut here. Don’t forget about that.