The "smarmy" little weasle leading the Republicans in the U.S. Senate, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Of Kentucky, is attempting to ram the Republican version of health care through that body, by Friday, in a take-it or leave-it fashion, with no more than a total of 10 hours for floor debate.
Here are just a few of the highlights comprising this piece of legislation:
1. The guarantee of coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions may or may not survive this piece of legislation, but even if it does, it'll come with an exhorbitant price, making insurance for those individuals far greater than under Obamacare. The Senate bill will include a provision allowing individual states to opt out of Obamacare's uncondition guarantee for those with pre-existing conditions that will thereby allow such states the option of continuing coverage for this segment but with sharp hikes in insurance premiums
2. A disaster for those lower income individuals whose only access to health care through Obamacare is via Medicaid. But if the GOP has their way, Medicaid will be severely curtailed in the next few years such that millions of folks will be left high and dry with no reasonable access to any health insurance coverage. The formula for "gutting" Medicaid" is a stealth-like tactic dreamed up by this current GOP leadership. Currently, Medicaid funding is increased each and every year based upon the increase in the costs of medical coverage. Under the new formula proposed by McConnell & "crew", funding for Medicaid will be based upon the overall increase in the cost of all goods and services. It's well-established that year-over-year price increases for just medical care is much greater than that for the general price increase for all goods and services.
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