Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Congress Toys with the Lives of Millions

When Congress passed a massive tax overhaul into law last week, it also knocked out one of the key pillars of the Affordable Care Act: the individual mandate. Though there is an open debate among health care experts as to just how effective the mandate and its penalty has been over the past few years at pushing young and healthy people to sign up for health insurance, nearly all agree that the repeal will be a severe blow to the nation's health care system, driving up premiums, scaring away insurers, and swelling the ranks of the uninsured.

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"We're going to see higher instances of uncompensated care," said Matt Fiedler, a fellow at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Health Policy. "Some of the people who are no longer insured are going to get sick, end up at the hospital, and not be able to pay for it. Or they're not going to seek out the care they need, and that will have major consequences for health outcomes."

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Destroys makes more sense than toys.

#1 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-27 05:23 PM

What's the big deal?

Give em shot to perk em up but make them forgetful and then drop them off on the curb in front of another hospital like we used to.

MAGA!

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-27 05:24 PM

Every time Congress passes laws they toy with the lives of millions - so what else is new?

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-12-27 11:50 PM

"With the tax bill signed into law, and the mandate's repeal going into effect in 2019, several states controlled by Democrats are discussing implementing their own state-level mandate systems to keep their health care markets functioning. "

Well it's about freaking time you joined in on why this country is called the United States of America. States are SUPPOSED to come up with their own legislation. The Federal government wasn't meant to take care of what it does today. If it makes more sense for a state to mandate healthcare, then by all means allow it. The Federal government should just be there to say whether or not that is legal to do based on our laws. They shouldn't be the ones actually doing it.

#4 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-28 12:36 PM

#4

California will probably be the first State to issue a mandate, and others will follow. For the ones that don't, Big Insurance will just leave, forcing their hands to do something.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-28 01:15 PM

Well it's about freaking time you joined in on why this country is called the United States of America. States are SUPPOSED to come up with their own legislation. The Federal government wasn't meant to take care of what it does today. If it makes more sense for a state to mandate healthcare, then by all means allow it. The Federal government should just be there to say whether or not that is legal to do based on our laws. They shouldn't be the ones actually doing it.

#4 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

I wonder if you are a troll or just stupid sometimes.

Comparing modern medicine and insurance to the time of the Constitutional Convention is idiotic. When you get a patchwork of health insurance laws, you get terrible results.

If California enacts an insurance mandate and Mississippi doesn't, can California refuse treatment to Mississippi residents who don't have proof of insurance even in the emergency room?

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-28 02:58 PM

"this country is called the United States of America. States are SUPPOSED to come up with their own legislation."

That's not unity.
It's 50 independent State actors.
Get to the "United" part.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-28 03:00 PM

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