Opinion

Repeal and Replace: Part 3

In the final installment of this 3 part story, I’ll be providing my final thoughts on Republicare, the sequence of events that created it, and the rationale of our congressman, Rodney Davis, in supporting it.

If it wasn’t clear after reading part 1 and part 2 of this story, I believe (as does almost anyone that’s done an analysis of the bill) that were Republicare to pass, it would leave us with a significantly worse situation than the one we’ve found ourselves in under the ACA. Here are the bullet points:

  • 24 million newly uninsured by 2020
  • 600 billion dollar tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits the top 1-2%
  • increased cost/decreased quality of care for the elderly, poor, and the sick
  • Medicaid gutted by 880 billion dollars, with the Medicaid expansion frozen after 2020
  • Defunds Planned Parenthood
  • Large employers no longer required to offer insurance to their employees
  • Allows states to kick people off Medicaid if they’re without work for 60 days (sorry new mothers)

As you would expect when looking at these key points, Republicare is incredibly unpopular. So unpopular in fact that this bill is likely already dead. Yes, you’re reading that right, I just spent 2 articles and over 4,000 words discussing a bill that I believe will never reach the President’s desk. Now you’re probably asking yourself why would I waste my time and yours taking such an in-depth look at a bill that’s doomed to fail? I asked myself that question several times as I was writing, but ultimately decided that it was worthwhile for one major reason.

In the final part of this three-part series on the new GOP health care plan, Cameron leaves us with some final thoughts and fairly terrifying conclusions.

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