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Wednesday, Jul 26 2017

So-called "skinny repeal" = cutting the jugular of health insurance marketplaces 

Jul 26, 2017

What Trump and Republicans are disingenuously calling “skinny repeal” would in fact cut the jugular of health insurance markets, force spikes in premiums, and cost millions of Americans their healthcare.  More and more experts are confirming this plan would send the insurance markets into a downward spiral, slamming the American families who would pay the price. Even Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) admitted that such an approach is “not a solution.” At the same time, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price revealed that this plan is part of a larger scheme to pass any “lowest common denominator bill” so that Republicans can later force Trumpcare upon the country.

“Every Republican Senator who votes for such a plan will be on the record for tanking health insurance markets, forcing premiums to spike, and kicking millions off of their insurance, all in the name of cynical partisan politics,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “The bill itself would wreak havoc on families, just so the Trump Administration could try to exploit the consequences as a back door to jam Trumpcare down the country’s throats. Voters are watching, and anyone who tries to sell them out with this bill is going to be held accountable for years to come.”

American Academy of Actuaries, 7/25/2017: “Eliminating the mandate would likely result in lower coverage rates in the individual market and a deterioration of the risk pool. Premiums would increase as a result.”

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor Dr. Atul Gawande, 7/26/2017: “‘Skinny repeal’ is a known disaster.”

AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, 7/25/2017“None of the current bills are the right way to fix health care…Any senator considering voting for the health care bill should understand the consequences of ignoring AARP’s 38 million members.”

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Vice President for Health Policy Edwin Park, 7/26/2017 “…‘skinny repeal’ or ‘lowest common denominator’ bill whatever is in it must be rejected now if #Medicaid is to be protected”

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Adviser Jacon Leibenluft, 7/25/2017: “Confusing but crucial: the most likely way Medicaid gets slashed is by Senate passing a ‘skinny repeal’ bill this week without Medicaid cuts”

Center for American Progress, 7/25/2017: “Even if the House and Senate bills went to a conference committee and a final bill was not passed for some time, the legislation would still immediately destabilize the individual market because the deadlines for insurers to set final 2018 rates are a few weeks away.”

Published: Jul 26, 2017

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