President Trump has put forth his revision of Obama’s Affordable Care Act, henceforth likely to be known as “Trumpcare.” Under Trumpcare, senior citizens would have to pay more for healthcare, an issue that was foreseen, but thanks to a Republican is now almost certain.
Via PoliticsUSA: The amendment proposed by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) stated, “None of the provisions of this Act (other than this section) or the amendments made by such provisions shall take effect if the Congressional Budget Office determines that such provisions or amendments are estimated to result in an increase in out-of-pocket costs, or reduction in availability of coverage or benefits, for individuals over 55 years of age residing in the United States.”
Chairman Brady ruled that the amendment not in order, and no vote was held.
“Trumpcare” threatens the existence of Medicare, replacing it with a quasi-voucher for people to pay private companies with.
AARP has come out to warn seniors of this prospective problem:
“AARP opposes this legislation, as introduced, that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a voucher program that shifts costs and risks to seniors. Before people even reach retirement age, big insurance companies could be allowed to charge them an age tax that adds up to thousands of dollars more per year. Older Americans need affordable health care services and prescriptions. This plan goes in the opposite direction, increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs.”
It’s unclear how Trump thinks he is going to solve the problems of healthcare by driving up costs for those who have limited financial means without the ability to hold employment due to advanced age.
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