Readers' Views: Republican health care plan still not affordable
After waiting for years for the Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act, I read in the News Tribune March 7 the highlights of its proposal ("GOP plan tears up ACA").
After waiting for years for the Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act, I read in the News Tribune March 7 the highlights of its proposal (“GOP plan tears up ACA”).
It was apparent Republicans did not confer with any real Americans who struggle with paying monthly health insurance premiums. They are keeping the provision that folks cannot be declined for coverage due to pre-existing conditions and allowing dependents to stay on coverage until the age of 26. Both of these are positive.
However, those are only benefits if you can afford the coverage.
Even though the details are a bit fuzzy, it appears the Republican plan contains some kind of tax credit to help folks pay their insurance premium.
At one time - prior to turning Medicare age - I was paying $1,500 per month for health coverage, so a tax credit of $2,000 annually isn't going to go very far.
Even though the health insurance coverage situation is complicated in the details, it is quite simple in the big picture. We are either going to be a country that provides health care for every citizen or we aren’t. We either cover everyone equally, or we make it so American citizens won’t be able to afford or receive services for their health needs and they die. It doesn't get much more simple than that.
Terri A. Aiken