Sunday July 9, 2017
Years ago, a hard-core conservative group, The Heritage Foundation, wrote a health care proposal. In 2006, Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts implemented it. In 2010, Democratic President Barack Obama adopted that plan. Suddenly, Republicans hated the plan they created.
Health insurance premiums increase with the rising costs of hospitals, doctors and drugs, plus insurance company profits. "Obamacare" simply insisted those costs be spread more widely and equitably.
Present Republican health care proposals lower costs by kicking tens of millions off insurance altogether, reducing coverage for the rest and charging the elderly up to five times higher premiums than younger people pay, all while lowering taxes about $250,000 for those who earn $5 million or more annually.
Does that $250,000 change the lives of those with $4.75 million still left to spend every year? The loss of Medicaid can mean suffering or death for a worker earning minimum wage. The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs says 1.75 million veterans would lose coverage.
The Republican plans offer block grants to states so they can "innovate." Pennsylvania and other states started this fiscal year without a complete budget because they're in debt. Would their innovations actually include increasing Medicaid coverage?
The Washington Post says Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is the most hard-nosed of all who wrote the proposal, insisting on the largest tax cuts and coverage limitations.
Rich people make generous campaign contributions; poor people can't afford to.
We must remember whom heartless Toomey supports in the next election.
GOP healthcare bill filled with problems