...is that the GOP has an alternative healthcare plan. Clearly, their "plan" is to leave 10's of millions of Americans healthcare-less so that the rest can have lower healthcare rates and so that the insane profits of healthcare-related business can persist, which doesn't help anyone, even those with healthcare insurance.
Read more in this Huffington Post article.
If they had had a realistic plan a few years back when the Affordable Care Act was up for vote the outcome may have been different. The truth is they have no answers for the millions who previously could not afford a healthcare policy. The plight of those who remain at the poverty level despite going to work faithfully everyday is not really a GOP concern. They will never admit this though.
The irony is that Obamacare is a modified Romneycare.
Ed, I wouldn't say it's that they have no answer, but it's more like their answer is, "Sucks to be you."
I just saw Mitch McConnell on TV saying that Obamacare should be repealed and the Republicans pass a bill which "fixes" it.
How many times have they had the opportunity to pass a health care bill and sat on their bottoms and did nothing?
The Republicans have zero credibility vis a vis healthcare. At least the Democrats have tried. Are there problems with Obamacare? Certainly, but overall it tries to address the problem of no health coverage for millions of people.
Here in Georgia, our wonderful governor has refused the Federal funds to expand medicaid for the poor.
Smacks of "Let them eat cake".
Republicans don't seem to accept that large numbers of people who can't afford healthcare are there for reasons beyond their control. Ironically, their health problem itself may be what drives healthcare premium costs beyond their reach. For the rest, it's often unemployment and unemployability. These people get substandard care of the most expensive kind in the emergency room, which provides only band-aid solutions.
Does no one believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure anymore? Put these people in an effective healthcare system now and save money further on down the road!
Obamacare stopped being obamacare when the republicans put all their energy into crushing the public option. It then became republicare, where instead of offering to give insurance to the poor, we force them to buy it.
[ObamaCare] then became republicare, where instead of offering to give insurance to the poor, we force them to buy it.
That is, unless you're unfortunate enough to live in a State with a Republican government which is blocking the expansion to Medicaid in a futile attempt to ensure ObamaCare fails. In those states, the income threshold is between 100%-133% of the FPL, although there are restrictions galore (besides income) which determine eligibility.
The cost, up to a certain threshold, is based on your ability to pay, with the next two tiers being 250% and 400% of the FLP. These qualify for subsidies like a lower copay, reduced premiums and tax breaks.
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