He's Baaaaaaack Senate Republicans have released their second version of a bill to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act, and like the first one, it rolls back the ACA's Medicaid expansion and slashes what's left of the Medicaid program, turning it into a block grant and capping enrollment by state population regardless of how many people need it. The big difference in the new version is that it incorporates that
I hear they chose a very nice font for it, though.
right but then apparently - even tho you've satisfied the mandate - you can still be locked out of ACA compliant plans (e.g., the good stuff) for 6 months because...wait for it: you bought cheap crap.
soviet nesting doll of insurance. ouroboros of insurance.
my day job depends on the aca so please god. no. let this end next week.
I understand your point (though Dok points out that CBO won't count it, and elsewhere Marxalot and some others have pointed out that the bill itself treats the low-coverage plans as not counting toward the "continuous coverage" requirement (that is, the bill itself classes these as not coverage, as junk)), but ...
... why would any significant number spend money on fake insurance? Speaking from experience, here; I went without insurance for fifteen years, despite being (at the time) healthy as a horse, because the low-cost insurance market was the zero-value insurance market. In fact, so far as I know, before the exchange came into being under the ACA, no one I ever knew purchased insurance on the private market. They had it from work (if they were employed or ran a small business), or they had medicare/medicaid, or they went without, because (at the time) it took no brain at all to look at $500/month and a $6000 deductible and say: "well, I can pay a quarter of my income so I have the opportunity to pay another quarter of my income so that when I get through that these sleazy insurance fuckers can come up with an excuse to throw me off the plan and I go broke and lose the house and the car anyway. Fuck that; it I don't pay them shit, I'll at least have the $6000 they want me to pay in premiums, if I do get sick."
I figured that the clusterfuck that marked the beginning of the ACA was going to continue, and the whole thing was gonna go to hell. It didn't, and there are people who have insurance (and the security that comes from having that) who couldn't have ever gotten it, back in the day. So maybe, maybe they've already gotten accustomed to the idea of insurance and would buy the crap just to have something ... but I dunno. If premiums+deductible add up to half your income, and the other half isn't enough to pay rent, food, and gas to get to work, would you buy the insurance and leave off food? shelter? the ability to make the money to pay the premium? Miss a payment, they used to increase the premium. Use your insurance (even if it all went on the deductible), your premium went up. I remember that time, but nobody's gonna have to remember it. Either: pay real-money for monopoly-money-insurance that won't ever pay out, or keep that real money, improve your life and your health, and don't get sick. The argument that "I'm not gonna get sick or need fancy insurance" people are gonna spend anything on useless pretend insurance just ... doesn't convince me. I don't know anyone who ever did that (I know that there were some people who did, but I don't understand that, either).
Apparently an attempted carjacking/armed pursuit swerved onto campus! So yeah, that was interesting.
Nah, not really much sympathy for that asshole. Setting aside that he's basically decided to play judge, jury, and executioner for OD cases in his jurisdiction, he's also putting his own deputies' lives in danger if they accidentally come into contact with an opiate substance- fentynl powder for example, which can be absorbed through the skin and takes very little to OD on. Also no narcan kits to protect the K9s officers in his shithole part of the world? Nah, really fuck this guy. With opiate laced votes.
"There have been no new reports of problems since the government banned journalists."
Hmmm. "Separate but equal"... now where have I heard that before?
He's a Republican.
Seeing as how Rob Portman is one of my Senators, I guess I have to fire up the ol' phone tomorrow.
It'll be a voicemail, because I don't expect anyone to answer his D.C. line.
The rich have absolutely no problem with everyone having insurance. A healthier workforce is great for them. The only problem they have is being expected to fund the coverage with their taxes.
It wouldn't have been her hand he was buying.
Well, then, why fucking vote for it at all?
Lonesome George libelz!
Bear would like to maul Ted Cruz, but I'm afraid of the Rules for Radicals.