American Health Care Act Proves Dangerous
It is weird to be living in a world where musicians put more planning into their work than politicians.
For the past seven years,
GOP congressmen have been ripping apart the Affordable Care Act, while hyping up their incredible plan to repeal and replace it.
Now, as Drake releases another excellent album less than a year after his previous one, House Republicans are unable to pass a bill they had seven years to write and with the entire federal government in their control.
There were so many problems with Trumpcare that it will
be hard to cover them all, but let me start with the basics. Republicans have continuously argued that people should be able to have buffet-style health care in which they pick and choose exactly what they want on their plan.
However health care is not that simple, and it seems
apparent now that Donald Trump was speaking about GOP congressmen when he said, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
Health insurance works like a tower of blocks. If you remove one from the middle, it makes the entire structure less sound. When one benefit is removed,
it makes plans which continue to offer that benefit more expensive, meaning only really sick people will buy them. Thus, further driving up the cost.
More specific problems
with Trumpcare include the retraction of subsidies and
a focus on age over income.
By replacing Obamacare’s subsidies with refundable tax credits, many Americans could have their premiums go up depending on the size of the tax credit.
Currently, the poorest Americans benefit the most from subsidies. Under Trumpcare everyone making under $75,000 would receive the same tax credits, and now insurers could charge more to older Americans
– a vicious provision that would exponentially increase premiums for seniors.
We are lucky that Trumpcare was pulled and, hopefully, for the next go-around Republicans call on our top hip-hop producers for help since they have proven to be utterly incompetent in writing their own health care bill.