And it isn’t even that the issue gets more attention when the spotlight is shone directly on it, and far less attention when it isn’t (although that’s a major point). Because people who KNOW they’re going to lose their insurance under Trumpcare (and I have a sister in that category) aren’t letting up the pressure, nor are they relaxing. They’re focused laserlike on this issue even when the media aren’t.
What’s hurting is the number of people who aren’t worried about this because they don’t think it applies to them. Which happens if they get insurance through their employer. Or they’re retired and on Medicare. Or they’re married to someone who has health insurance and they get their insurance that way.
But what happens when a person loses their job, and their insurance along with it? Oh, they can get COBRA for a little while (at full price, which many unemployed people can’t afford), but then they’re on their own.
And what happens to a person on Medicare? Right now, very little. However, the bill would eliminate the Medicare surtax on the highest earners, and this will reduce the funding for Medicare. Look for benefits to drop as a result.
And what happens when someone getting insurance through their spouse becomes widowed or divorced? Often, that person winds up on their own when it comes to health insurance.
And even the guy who gets his insurance through his employer will no longer have any assurance this will always be the case. Both personal and employer mandates would be gone, and skyrocketing premiums mean that the employer will eventually be unable to provide this benefit to their employees. Or they may provide “access” to health insurance, but the employee must shoulder 100% of the cost themselves.
This bill has the potential to screw anyone, and it’s the complacent who will be the ones ultimately allowing it to pass.