THIS is another reason why the republican party can not be allowed to win the presidency or control of the US Congress. Speaker of the House rep paul ryan r WI is reviving the no government policies of grover norquist, who said "My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub". Raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, fewer people will be alive to receive the services they have paid for, leaving more money for tax breaks for the 1%. This is class warfare, plane and simple, and it must not be allowed to ever be part of any legislation voted on by the House and Congress. From +Mother Jones .....
JUN. 22, 2016 12:55 PM
In place of President Barack Obama’s health law, House Republicans propose providing Americans with refundable tax credits.... catastrophic insurance.... health-savings accounts.... plans offered in other states.... fee-for-service insurance through a newly created Medicare insurance exchange [not a voucher! not a voucher! absolutely positively not a voucher! –ed.].... pay taxes on the value of whatever health insurance employers provide.
The GOP plan floats a variety of proposals.... refundable tax credit.... health savings accounts.... “high-risk pools”.... Medicaid funds would be handed to the states either as block grants or as per-capita allotments.
The Republican proposal would gradually increase the Medicare eligibility age, which currently is 65, to match that of the Social Security pension plan, which is 67 for people born in 1960 or later....The Republican plan includes medical liability reform that would put a cap on non-economic damages awarded in lawsuits, a measure aimed at cutting overall healthcare costs.
The most significant omission from the Republican health-care plan, though, is to what degree it will maintain — or, more likely, reduce — insurance coverage for Americans....Asked about the plan’s effect on coverage, a Republican leadership aide said Monday, “You’re getting to the dynamic effect of the plan and we can’t answer that until the committees start to legislate.”But there is a significant clue in the GOP plan that it anticipates a surge in the ranks of the uninsured. Before the Affordable Care Act, the federal government’s primary mechanism for compensating health providers for delivering care to the uninsured was through “disproportionate share hospital” payments, or DSH, which are allocated to facilities that treated large numbers of the uninsured. Under Obamacare, DSH payments were set to be phased out because coverage rates were expected to increase dramatically....The Republican plan would repeal those cuts entirely.