Friday, March 10, 2017

Nobody To Blame But Themselves

Congratulations, rural red state and Rust Belt Trump voters!  You just screwed yourself out of thousands of dollars a year and will be the people who suffer the most under Trumpcare. Nate Cohn at the NYT Upshot explains:

The people who stand to lose the most in tax credits under the House Republican health plan tended to support Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election,
according to a new Upshot analysis. 
Over all, voters who would be eligible for a tax credit that would be at least $1,000 smaller than the subsidy they’re eligible for under Obamacare supported Mr. Trump over Hillary Clinton by a seven-point margin. 
The voters hit the hardest — eligible for at least $5,000 less in tax credits under the Republican plan — supported Mr. Trump by a margin of 59 percent to 36 percent.

Congratulations, MAGA folks.  You played yourself every step of the way.

The plan would hit older and rural Americans hardest because it wouldn’t provide a larger tax credit to people with more expensive plans. Older Americans pay the highest premiums, and the law would allow insurers to raise premiums for older customers even further. The AARP opposes the bill as a result.

Trumpcare is a disaster that would badly hurt millions of Americans.  But the Americans who are going to suffer the most will be the ones who supported Trump by the largest margins, in particular older Americans and poorer Americans in rural areas.

You know, Trump voters.

I'd say that you're getting what you deserve, except for the fact the rest of us have to deal with the mess these crap-throwing primates are causing too.  We're right here in this mess with you, and we're the ones who are going to have to clean it up.

Again.  But in the meantime, Medicaid expansion is going to get nuked, and pre-ACA Medicaid along with it.

Most of the people who got insurance through Obamacare were the more than 11 million poor people who benefited from the Medicaid expansion that 31 states, plus Washington, DC, adopted. And they have the most to lose under the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement. 
The Republican plan rolls back the expansion, taking 4 million to 6 million people off the rolls, according to Standard & Poor’s. But it goes further than that as well. 
The AHCA converts Medicaid from a matching program, in which the federal government chips in a set amount for every dollar states spend on beneficiaries, to a capped subsidy, where the feds give states a set amount per enrollee every year, an amount that rises according to a fixed formula instead of according to need. 
The cumulative effect, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, is a $370 billion cut to federal funding to Medicaid over 10 years. Some of that money could be made up for by states, but most of it won't be. 
And because Medicaid is already the cheapest insurance there is in America — cheaper per person than either Medicare or private insurance — cuts of that scale will necessitate kicking millions of people off the program.

And all of that will go to the wealthy in the form of tax cuts.  Do you get it now, Trump voters?
"Make America Great Again" means you won't be around long enough to see it.

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