Everything We Know About the American Heartland


Everything We Know about Trumpcare

May 8, 2017

Show Notes

AJ is having trouble in life because life is nasty, brutish, and short and there’s no healthcare coverage.

Reconciliation and the AHCA

The ACA was passed by reconciliation. Will the AHCA be similarly passed?

Kaiser Family Foundation AHCA maps

KFF color-coded map of who benefits from the AHCA. If you’re a 40-year-old making $75,000/year, you save about $3000 under the AHCA:

A 40 year old making 75k saves about $3000

But if you’re a 60 year old and make $20,000/year, your premiums will go up anywhere from $800 to $25,000:

A 60 year old and make $20,000/year, your premiums will go up anywhere from $800 to $25,000

More Healthcare

Rep. Joe Kennedy III:

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.

Everything We Know about this Supreme Court

This week, we have have three cases in our Supreme Court segment.


AJ: Delicate Steve

Ruchit: Six Maps that show America’s Infrastructure

TJ: When People Ate People, a Strange Disease Emerged

  • 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


Ticket to Ride is a board game that Ruchit doesn’t remember playing. And AJ hates Catan.