Republicans’ AHCA “health care” bill is not really about health care. It’s not about improving access to health insurance, or reducing premiums, or making sure you get to keep your doctor if you like your doctor. And it’s certainly not about preventing people from dying in the streets. Instead, it’s about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts — tax cuts that will quietly pave the way for more profits, and far larger, tax cuts.
The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation has released a series of estimates showing what some of the tax-related provisions of Trumpcare would do.
Among the biggest are repeals of two ACA surtaxes on the highest-earning Americans: a 0.9 percent payroll tax add-on and a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income for couples whose incomes exceed $250,000 ($200,000 for individuals).
Repealing these would cost $275 billion over the next decade.
The best replacement choice is not an "upward spiraling profiteering scheme" but an improved Medicare for All that provides affordable, accessible health care for everyone, like the one outlined in H.R. 676. H.R.676 was filed in the last Congress and covers health/medical care for all Americans, and significantly lowers costs by eliminating the private health insurance industry with its massive overhead and immense profits.
H.R. 676, "The Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act," would establish a unique American universal health insurance program with single-payer financing. The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system that improves and expands the existing Medicare program to everyone.
The attempt at to pass the AHCA has made it more apparent to me that a single payer system is needed. (Prior to that, I had been opposed to single payer) The real reason for the high cost of health insurance is the high cost of health care. I don't see how "adding competition" in the insurance industry will help. If the insurance companies are dropping out of the ACA because they can't make money, I don't see how adding more to the mix makes it more profitable. Also, the insurance companies already squeeze the providers to get a better rate. That's why you have "in network" providers. They've already negotiated (colluded?) a "favorable" rate.
It’s time we support Medicare for All when millions of Americans have been asking for it for months now. Not only do a majority of Americans want it, the 45,000 people who would die every year due to lack of access to basic healthcare need it. It’s time for Medicare for all, and it’s time for it NOW.
I want to strongly encourage Rep. Norcross to join the 93 members of the House who have already co-sponsored this bill. As a healthcare professional myself, single-payer is the only way forward in ensuring every American has the right to quality healthcare.
Medicare for all will bankrupt the country and is an even crappier idea than the current system we have. Dems love to point to Europe, Scandinavia, Canada etc as if they're single payer system is all that great... It's not. They pay out the wazzoo for subpar services, long wait times and an increasing shortage of doctors. You want to ruin America even further? Continue to destroy incentives in market structures.
Please support HB 676, Medicare for All. As a physician, I see how we must contribute as a country to the healthcare of all our citizens. Centralized healthcare, as demonstrated in all modern countries except ours, improves health, reduces stress on citizens, and improves the quality of life for everyone. Please support this bill.