According to 8 Need to Know Facts About the AHCA from housegop.leadpages.co/healthcare, the following is what you need to know about the AHCA legislation that was withdrawn prior to vote the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, March 23, 2017.
- Dismantles the Obamacare taxes that have hurt job creators, increased premium costs, and limited options for patients and health care providers, including taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health insurance premiums, and medical devices.
- Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties, which forced millions of workers, families, and job creators into expensive, inadequate Obamacare plans they don’t want and cannot afford.
- Prohibits health insurers from denying coverage or charging more money to patients based on pre-existing conditions.
- Helps young adults access health insurance and stabilize the marketplace by allowing dependents to continue staying on their parents’ plan until they are 26.
- Establishes a Patient and State Stability Fund, which provides states with $100 billion to design programs that meet the unique needs of their patient populations and help low-income Americans afford health care.
- Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid by transitioning to a “per capita allotment” so states can better serve the patients most in need.
- Empowers individuals and families to spend their health care dollars the way they want and need by enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), nearly doubling the amount of money people can contribute and broadening how people can use it.
- Helps Americans access affordable, quality health care by providing a monthly tax credit, between $2000 and $25,000 a year, for low and middle income individuals and families who don’t receive insurance through work or a government program.
I have always said, even dating back to the days when the Clinton administration was attempting to pass “Hillary Care,” if we allow government run health care to pass and the federal government to grab 14% of the nation’s economy, that would the beginning of the end of the United States of America. I also said that the un-doing of such a hideous piece of legislation would be all but impossible.
When President Trump was elected, in part, because he promised to get rid of Obamacare, I knew it couldn’t be done in a day, or in weeks, or maybe even in months. The Democrats totally own Obamacare and could rightfully be blamed for its flaws. Once the Republicans came in and began to make changes, no matter now minor or how extensive, they would then own it. Democrats, along with the mainstream media were sure to trash it and claim how many Americans it is killing and will continue to kill; and the ones it doesn’t kill will suffer unbearably. Remember, Democrats don’t care about the truth or about facts. In other words, this had to be done right, no mistakes! Even though I am anxious for my premiums to decrease, I wasn’t in a hurry because again, I wanted this done right.
As much as I would like to go back to when Obamacare didn’t exit, unfortunately, that’s going to be impossible. Much of Obamacare is entitlements and once you’ve granted entitlements, it is next to impossible to pull them back. Examples include the allowing of children to be on their parents’ healthcare plan until age 26 and the inability to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
When House Speaker, Paul Ryan pulled the AHCA legislation and didn’t allow a vote because there were not enough votes to pass it, I was disappointed because I felt that this was the best we were going to be able to do in getting rid of the most evil piece of legislation ever wrought on the American people.
I might be wrong, though. In fact, I hope I am wrong. I would certainly support something that would make it so that Obamacare never even existed. I would love to have my premiums at the level they were three years ago. Three years ago, I was on a COBRA plan, and while it wasn’t cheap, it was affordable, and I had good insurance. For those of you who may not ever have had the need to check into Cobra prices, they are comparable to prices you would pay for health insurance should you have to procure it on your own.
What is the White House doing now since the AHCA wasn’t voted on? I’m getting mixed signals from the media outlets about what next. I’m hearing that work has already begun to revive “repeal and replace.” I’m also hearing that AHCA is dead in the water and the White House is moving on to tax reform. While it would have been nice to have the taxes in Obamacare repealed before moving further on tax reform, it wasn’t going to happen.
There’s no way you can spin this to say that it wasn’t a big setback for President Trump and the Republican party. But that’s what it was, a setback. The Trump presidency is not coming to an end like many on the left would have you believe. Like Rush Limbaugh said on his 3/27 monologue, “Trump’s voters do not blame him for this. Trump’s the new guy. The people that have been there all along appear to be the people that can’t get anything done, but Trump was gonna be the guy to go in there and change all of this and didn’t.”
Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich thinks that the Trump White House, instead of attacking tax reform, should focus on an infrastructure bill, something in which the Democrats will work with him, and give him a legislative victory. Not sure I agree with that because I really want to see tax reform take place, and I will admit that it’s for personal reasons.
Rush Limbaugh has also indicated that he thinks that the Democrats are salivating at the opportunity to work with Donald Trump. He thinks they will jump at the chance to work on an infrastructure bill and even on fixing Obamacare. I don’t necessarily agree with Rush on this. The Democrats have so much hate for Republicans and anyone who disagrees with them, plus they’ve continuously maintained that they will not work with President Trump. Instead, they will do everything they can to wreck his presidency.
I’ve said this many times. Donald Trump is a business man and in his conglomerate, when he says jump, employees say, “How high.” That’s not the case in the public sector, and he just got his reminder of that. The facts are: Donald Trump is the President of the United States for at least the next three years and ten months. He will continue to work on his agenda of limited government, tax reform, and the diminution of Islamic terrorism. Democrats will continue to fight him tooth and nail with nothing but hate in their hearts for Donald Trump, his administration, and his supporters.
What’s going to happen with health care? Obamacare is and has always been a train wreck. It’s close to imploding. And when it does, it will still be owned by the Democrats.