GOP Wants to Take Insurance Away From Millions

A new report says that 16.4 million Americans now have health insurance that would not have had it previously because of the Affordable Care Act. The numbers are particularly high for black and Latino Americans. Naturally, the Republicans in Congress are still trying to repeal the ACA and kick those people back into the ranks of the uninsured.

Nonetheless, the new plan from Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who chairs the committee, represents the latest effort in the GOP’s ongoing quest to repeal and replace Obamacare — an effort that has spanned the last several years, despite little discernible progress.

In addition to repealing Obamacare altogether, the House committee’s proposed budget will also reportedly include parliamentary language that will allow the Senate to pass Obamacare repeal with a simple majority. This process, called “budget reconciliation,” allows the GOP-controlled Senate to deliver their policies straight to President Obama’s desk, which he then has the opportunity to veto.

The proposal to roll back the Affordable Care Act comes on the same week that the Obama administration announced that 16.4 million previously uninsured Americans have gained insurance coverage under the law.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Health and Human Services, the country’s uninsurance rate has fallen by 35 percent thanks to the health care reform law. Federal officials say that represents the largest drop in the number of uninsured Americans in the past 40 years, and have referred to it as “quite simply an historic reduction.”

The coverage gains have been most dramatic for communities of color, who have historically lacked access to affordable insurance at higher rates. Since Obamacare’s first enrollment period opened in October 2013, the uninsured rate among Latinos has fallen by 12.3 percent. During the same time period, the uninsured rate among black Americans was nearly cut in half, dropping from 22.4 percent to 13.2 percent.

You know who really doesn’t want to repeal the ACA? The hospital industry, which has seen a sharp drop in uncompensated care because of the dramatic increase in the number of people with insurance. Even the insurance companies probably don’t want it at this point, since they’ve found it’s quite profitable to sell policies through the ACA insurance exchanges (which is why so many new companies jumped in during year two). But the Republican dream of ensuring that as many people as possible don’t have access to affordable health care is a dream that will not die.

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  • James Robinson

    They’re big on “repeal.” They’ve got squat for “replace.” Of course, that doesn’t matter to them.

  • cswella

    I am so happy that the term ‘obamacare’ caught on. For the sake of those who need healthcare, I hope it doesn’t, but if they ever repeal it, the backlash would be tremendous. Calling it Obamacare makes it obviously plain who made the changes

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …black…Latino Americans…communities of color…Latinos…black Americans…

    The GOP wants to repeal Obamacare? Weird.

     

    James Robinson “They’re big on ‘repeal. They’ve got squat for ‘replace.’”

    To be fair, they would have repealed and replaced it by now, if it wasn’t for Obama’s tyrannical insistence that one of his signature achievements not be repealed.

    Replaced it with nothing, sure, but again that’s Obama’s fault for being so divisive.

    Besides, they can’t trust him to carry out the no-law that they planned to replace Obamacare with.

  • raven

    You know who really doesn’t want to repeal the ACA? The hospital industry,

    True.

    The ACA has been a real livesaver for rural hospitals. A lot of them were on the verge of bankruptcy and being bought out by a chain or closing. All the sudden, what was a large drain, uncompensated care, became a large revenue stream.

  • Trebuchet

    You know who really doesn’t want to repeal the ACA? The hospital industry, which has seen a sharp drop in uncompensated care because of the dramatic increase in the number of people with insurance. Even the insurance companies probably don’t want it at this point, since they’ve found it’s quite profitable to sell policies through the ACA insurance exchanges…

    Which is why the failure of Obama, and the Clintons before him, to get those groups on board BEFORE proposing a law rankles me so much. The disastrous elections of 1994 and 2010 resulted.

  • Trebuchet

    Gah, blockquote fail. Second part is mine, of course.

  • raven

    wikipedia:

    In May 2011, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analyzed proposals to repeal the law. Mirroring its analysis of the law itself, the CBO estimated that repealing the entire law (both its taxing and spending provisions)

    would increase the net 2011–2021 federal deficit by $210 billion.[445][446]

    1. The ACA saves the feds money. The CBO estimates it at $21 billion a year.

    While there are costs to the ACA, there are also savings!!! That mandated free medical care at the ER wasn’t really free. It was paid for by the other patients and the government.

    2. So why does the GOP want to kill the ACA? They are just mean, malevolent people who inflict suffering on people because they can. It’s all very fundie xian.

    3. One of the groups who most need the ACA are rural white women in the south and west. Their lifespans have dropped something like 5 years in the last few decades. This is BTW, a fundie xian demographic.

    And guess which states have blocked the Medicaid expansion of the ACA. Fundie xian/GOP states in the south and west.

    Religion really messes people’s heads up. The GOP will happily watch old people die and those old people will vote for them to watch them die.

  • raven

    We are already seeing what the next GOP administration will look like.

    1. Kill the ACA, a highly successful and cost effective program.

    2. Cut taxes. Increase the defense budget.

    3. Start a giant war or two somewhere. Probably Iran.

    4. Kill the EPA. Declare Global warming and sea level rise unpermissable.

    5. Increase the budget deficits. Increase the national debt.

    6. Attack public education, the universities, and science.

    7. Attack Social Security and Medicare if they can get away with it. Bush tried that and gave up quickly.

    8. Go after WIC and Food Stamps, half of which goes to children.

    This is all what Bush did to one extent or another. It was a true Catastrophe and a Great Recession. Obama has spent his entire administration fixing it, with some success.

    And there is a pattern to this. Anything good and worthwhile in the USA is something they hate and will destroy if they can. It’s nihilism at best and cruelty at worst.

  • briandavis

    …16.4 million Americans now have health insurance that would not have had it previously…

    Or as the WND would report it, “Dems attempt to buy 16.4 million votes in massive case of voter fraud!”

  • lorn

    James Robinson @1:

    “They’re big on “repeal.” They’ve got squat for “replace.” Of course, that doesn’t matter to them.”

    That’s a feature, not a bug.

    Conservative ideology is that this is a great nation where anyone can succeed. All they need is motivation. Taking away their insurance will inflict the sort of pain that will spur the poor to become millionaires. After which they will all vote Republican.