Congress in the United States should have been Guardians of the Law. When the ACA was first enacted some of the States sued the government. It made it to the Supreme Court but one thing the Republicans won, Medicaid expansion was optional and not required for the states.
Medicaid was enacted in 1965 to help the poor. It is successful in helping lower income people get healthcare. The GOP hates this.
ACA rolled out with insurance companies having to cover everyone, those having pre-existing conditions, the poor, the unemployed and the elderly. The government and the insurers thought they would lose money for the first 10 years until stabilization. When the previously uninsured but sick got better and things evened out within 3 years.
Rubio and his cronies succeeded in gutting the risk pool. Threw insurance companies into crisis. Red states who are typically poorer and congress refusing to refund risk corridors the insurers have no choice but to pull out and raise prices for others.
THIS IS CALLED LEGISLATIVE SABOTAGE.
Democrats should have been screaming about this for at least the last 2 years but most of us hear nothing. In June 2012 the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the mandates and ruled that the feds could not withhold Medicaid from states that did not take the expansion. Making expansion optional in the states did hobble the ACA. The states that chose not to expand Medicaid left 2.6 million people still uninsured. Utah is one of those states. Low income correlates with poor health. Those states use navigators and it was announced this week that the Department of Health and Human Services has cut the funding for navigators. Some people use Healthcare.gov but really there are quite a few people who have a hard time getting through this procedure. The GOP pulled all the ads even those already paid for to discourage anybody from signing up.
Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) A discount that lowers the amount you have to pay for deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. In the Health Insurance Marketplace, cost–sharingreductions are often called “extra savings.” If you qualify, you must enroll in a plan in the Silver category to get the extra savings.
The uncertainy of CSR is due to the Congress trying to destabilize the market. The Trump Administration and Congress have continued to drag it out further destabilizing the market since Trump took office.
The GOP has refused to work on bipartisan fixes for the ACA all the while blaming the Democrats. The individual markets are struggling thanks to the GOP.
The ACA Health Plan worked for so many people, including myself. GOP drags stories from people who don’t understand why they are losing their coverage. It”s not because of Obama. The GOP is lying again.
SABOTAGE, SECRECY AND SPEED
Mitch McConnell said when Obama was elected that he would do everything possible not to participate in passing legislation. He and the rest of the Congress have lost sight that we elected them to do the best for everyone, not just the rich. He tried to put a bill through that would knock off 23 million people from having insurance plus Medicaid would lose $880 million so the rich and corporations could take a tax cut. They knew that if the citizens of the United States saw what they were doing it would not pass. So Secrecy, Sabotage and Speed to get the bill through were tried in every way.
We have heard “Obamacare is Emploding”, “In A Death Spiral”, “Collapsing Under Its Own Weight”. Not true. It needs help but it CAN BE FIXED.
Promises of Repeal & Replace have spooked the insurers and individuals. The GOP have even tried to discredit the CBO and are still even after the bill failed for the 3rd time, attempting to deny reality.
An article I read the other day said that a poll taken, people said they didn’t know who to trust. I have no problem figuring that out and it isn’t the GOP.
We must continue to stand up to the tirades of Trump and the lies of the GOP. They will not go down without a fight, but neither will we. We must vote in 2018. I have always voted for the person I thought would do the best job. I still believe that. Nothing will entice me to vote for a Republican for a long time.