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There are 5 comments on POV: Senate Republicans’ Health Care Reform Bill Will Hurt Millions

  1. Several years ago, my wife and I owned a small business in Massachusetts. One year our health insurance increased by 82%. My and my wife’s health had not changed. We had not gotten sick or had an accident. The cause of the cost increase to just over $1,800 per month was age, I turned 50. We could not afford the additional $800 per month for health insurance. We had a choice, pay for health insurance or eat and have a roof over our heads.
    We struggled along for a short time, then made the conscious decision to drop health insurance coverage and pay the health penalty cost to the state. We paid for our health care ourselves and if we got very ill we would close the small business, file bankruptcy, collect welfare and go on Medicaid. That was our health plan, and I am glad we never got sick to enough have to use it.
    Eventually, we closed the business and went to work for someone else, and they now cover most of the health cost.
    The ACA has problems that must be addressed. It should not be replaced, but it should be adjusted to fix some of the short comings. We need to look at the way other countries do it and use the best parts of the way they have done it.

  2. I think you need to talk to more average people. The ACA was a huge tax hike for many. I talked to one family self employed with four children. His healthcare insurance went to $28,000 a year with a $10,000 deductible. So $38,000 before insurance kicks in. Plus he gets to pay the ACA tax on income.
    Next example a friend from work had a father who is retired go on the ACA plan after his company dropped his insurance. The ACA notified him his medication for pulmonary disease was not covered. He could not afford to pay it out of pocket. While fighting it he spiraled down and died in six months.
    I could go on but this plan hurt a lot of people in many ways.

    1. I think a big part of the problem is that the vast majority of Americans were mislead (or don’t care to learn) about what the ACA does and what it doesn’t do. For example, Bob m above thinks “the ACA” notified someone that their medicine wasn’t covered. He also seems to think that poor working class people were taxed heavily by the ACA.

      1. It’s pretty clear to me that Bob M meant the ACA Plan notified the person, not the ACA itself. And I’ve seen a lot of this myself. Many expensive tests and treatments covered by my 2009 insurance are no longer covered by my 2017 – and I believe I have one of the better plans.

  3. I am very disappointed by the class warfare tone of this article. Wealthy Americans were nowhere near as damaged by ACA as the middle class, nor are they going to benefit greatly from AHCA. That’s simply partisan demagoguery. And if I had a dime for every time I heard about “the rich this, the rich that…” Big-government people suggest “the rich” are the so-called “one-percenters,” but when they levy taxes on “the rich” it turns out the middle class carries the brunt.

    ACA is just a plain failure, the latest government intervention that limits access to health care and reduces the quality of the health care that is there. Mandating health insurance is one way ACA has claimed victory, but that victory is a complete illusion. The ACA has caused private insurers to gut their coverage, raise premiums and deductibles, or abandon entire markets. It has driven out many doctors as well, leading to a provider shortage. It takes a lot of gall to look at middle-class families crushed by four years of insurance hikes and claim that ACA has reduced health care costs, or families that travel 150 miles to find a doctor and hospital, and claim ACA has extended health care. It hasn’t.

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