(NOT MY) president drumpf/trump has issued an ultimatum to the repiglicans in the US House, pass drumpf/trump-ryancare or move on and Obamacare stays. As the +Washington Post reports "PUT UP OR SHUT UP TIME IN THE HOUSE". It will be very interesting how this plays out, especially with the latest CBO / Congressional Budget Office report on the amended repiglican health care plan from +The Hill .....
- Most of key tax benefits goes to millionaires. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, using data from the Tax Policy Center, reports that repealing two taxes that are part of the Affordable Care Act would offer no benefit at all to people making less than $200,000 a year — and would offer the bulk of its benefits, 79 percent of the total cut, to millionaires.
- Fewer people would have insurance under the AHCA than if Obamacare were simply repealed. The New York Times’s Margot Sanger-Katz looked at the CBO’s analysis and realized something surprising: The estimated 24 million fewer people who would have insurance under the AHCA by 2026 is actually one million people higher than if Obamacare were simply repealed.
- Deductibles will likely increase by 60 percent. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Drew Altman calculated that average deductibles from the AHCA would be $1,550 higher than under Obamacare because people will receive smaller subsidies and therefore increasingly choose lower-cost health-care plans that have higher deductible rates.
- “Whatever replaces Obamacare will look a lot like Obamacare,” George F. Will says in his column for this morning’s paper. “‘Mend it, don’t end it’ was President Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like ‘mend it, don’t end it.’”
- “Nothing good will come of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace debate,” writes National Review Editor Rich Lowry. “If anything resembling the current bill passes and is signed into law, Republicans will spend years trying to fix it and live it down. If the bill fails, the rest of Trump's legislative agenda may sink with it.”