AJ is having trouble in life because life is nasty, brutish, and short and there’s no healthcare coverage.
Reconciliation and the AHCA
- AHCA is so awful, the Senate won’t even be voting on it. “We are going to draft a Senate bill,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “That is what I’ve been told.”
- Vox summary of AHCA.
- Paul Waldman, Washington Post: The Republican health-care bill is an act of monstrous cruelty. It should stain those who supported it to the end of their days.
- Dynamic scoring
- Arthur Laffer
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Kaiser Family Foundation AHCA maps
But if you’re a 60 year old and make $20,000/year, your premiums will go up anywhere from $800 to $25,000:
Unbelievably, it’s an even starker blow to those suffering from mental illness than its predecessor. The latest version of Trumpcare doesn’t just threaten access to behavioral health coverage for those on Medicaid, it threatens access to behavioral health coverage for everyone. Under the guise of flexibility, this bill would allow states and insurance companies to opt out of covering mental health care — not to mention other designated essential health benefits like maternity and emergency care. Premiums and deductibles would soar as a result. Any semblance of mental health parity would be extinguished. And current protections for those with preexisting conditions — which is particularly important when it comes to mental illness — would cease to exist.
CBO score on original AHCA in March:
[The ACA] legislation would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period. That total consists of $323 billion in on-budget savings and $13 billion in off-budget savings.
- Tom Delay on healthcare: it’s a responsibility, not a right.
- The promises to cover preexisting coverage scrubbed from GOP websites.
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This week, we have have three cases in our Supreme Court segment.
AJ: Delicate Steve
- In many villages, when a person died, they would be cooked and consumed. It was an act of love and grief. As one medical researcher described, “If the body was buried it was eaten by worms; if it was placed on a platform it was eaten by maggots; [they] believed it was much better that the body was eaten by people who loved the deceased than by worms and insects.”
- Laughing death