Friday, March 24, 2017

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer under GOP's unhealthy plan

Here’s the graphical summary of the analysis from the NY Times showing How the Rich Gain and the Poor Lose Under the Republican Health Care Plan. Of course, the details shift depending on which plan you look at - AHCA 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, …

Arizonans will lose under Ryan’s Ripoff

The numbers are event worse for Arizonans. Stephanie Innes reports in the Daily Star that Health care overhaul bill would cost Arizonans more, report says.

On Wednesday the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a D.C.-based think tank, released a report that said Arizonans, particularly older residents, would pay more under the House bill.

The nonpartisan center says it pursues policies designed to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility. Its report says the House Republican Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill would increase total out-of-pocket health costs. Those costs — premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance — would go up by an average of $3,600 for marketplace consumers across the country, the report says.

But in Arizona, costs would increase by more, an average of $4,927, it says.

It gets even worse when Medicaid is considered.

A memo from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry dated March 22 says that if the American Health Care Act is enacted as drafted, it would end Medicaid for 380,000 Arizonans, including 57,000 people in Pima County.

In Arizona, Medicaid is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). It is a government insurance program for low-income people.

Citing state analysis from March 15, Huckelberry’s memo says the pending legislation would cut $2.5 billion per year in federal funds received in the Arizona economy.

“Unfortunately, this appears to be a major step backward in providing reasonable healthcare and medical services,” he wrote.

The analysis says if the state wanted to continue paying for childless adults in Arizona to be covered by Medicaid, that would increase state costs by $478 million.

Mean Martha McSally will vote for Ryan’s Ripoff

So why, you should ask, is our CD2 congresswoman Martha McSally going to vote for this travesty when thousands of her own constituents will be negatively affected.

Here’s how to contact Mean Martha.

For Email:
DC office phone: 202–225–2542
DC office fax: 202–225–0378
Tucson office phone: 520–881–3588
Tucson office fax: 520–322–9490

7 ½ years: Ryan spins alternative fact about “repeal and replace”

An AP report featured in the Daily Star this morning says that the White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

Ryan’s reaction:

“For 7 ½ years we have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it’s collapsing and it’s failing families, and tomorrow we’re proceeding,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said, then walked off without answering as reporters demanded to know whether the bill had the votes to pass.

I saw the video of that last night on the Rachel Maddow show in a jaw-dropping moment. As I recall, the GOP has spent 7 ½ years voting for repeal of Obamacare - no replacement, just repeal.

Will they now come up with a replacement that first does no harm in 7 ½ hours?

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