Yesterday’s success for House Republicans and embattled speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is the first step in health insurance reform. Now a new question arises. Can the Senate come together and enough members agree on provisions to move the bill on? What happens next?
First, recognize the incentive for change. The American Healthcare Act’s most under-appreciated provisions eliminate taxes that in coming years would continue to place an even more severe burden on the middle class. Americans haven’t yet seen the full impact of taxes that down the road would continue to increase and act as cost drivers—among them, medical devices, insurance policy taxes, prescription drugs.
Should the Senate fail to address the ultimate ‘crash and burn’ critics of PPACA/Obamacare envision, Americans will feel the bite as time progresses. PPACA was a bill designed to generate revenue through taxes rather than actual healthcare reform.
AHA in some ways yields more powers to individual states over insurance programs. This is in keeping with the US Constitution, a document providing no authority whatsoever to the federal government to assume control of the healthcare market.
Even popular federal programs like Medicaid and Medicare are troubled, in part because of rampant fraud.
Americans for Tax Reform breaks down some of the taxes HR 1628 repeals.
“We are going to draft a Senate bill,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “That is what I’ve been told.”
HR 1628, the American Healthcare Act, still has to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office.
Although left of center media have largely supported Democrats’ bill, even outlets like Time magazine have acknowledged choices for consumers have declined in many states. Premiums and deductibles have steadily risen, proving falsehoods presented to the public by PPACA/Obamacare Democrats. And they will continue to rise if nothing is done:
“This year saw premium increases averaging 25 percent for a standard plan in states served by HealthCare.gov. Some insurers say they’ve lost hundreds of millions of dollars, and many have pulled back or are considering it.”
Obamacare is largely a wealth redistribution package, increasing costs for paying customers and giving more money to those who don’t pay or who receive taxpayer ‘subsidies’ to pay for the policies.
What happens next? The bill needs to be scored and Senate committees will take up debate. Meanwhile, Americans should be made aware not only of what Republicans’ bill portends, but also what is coming down the road should PPACA/Obamacare remain in place.
You can’t talk about HR 1628, the American Healthcare Act, honestly unless you provide a comparative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. Be aware of that as most media, going forward, align with Democrats purely for political purposes because of the 2018 elections.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 5, 2017)
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