Trump economic head: Whether millions have insurance is ‘interesting’ but beside the point
Josh Israel
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“Cohn answered that under Trumpcare, everyone would be offered coverage. He added that the administration does not think anyone will lose insurance at all, and suggested that the plan’s end of the Medicaid expansion would not actually mean cost anyone their Medicaid coverage. He also claimed that because the people buying insurance on exchanges with subsidies would receive less generous tax credits instead, they will all have the opportunity to buy insurance if they want it.”

This is a very interesting paragraph, and pretty much sums up the argle-bargle coming from the right. Let’s parse it.

“Cohn answered that under Trumpcare, everyone would be offered coverage.”

Yeah, and I can be offered the opportunity to buy a Rolls-Royce. That doesn’t mean I can afford one.

“He added that the administration does not think anyone will lose insurance at all…”

Let’s see — an American currently getting a subsidy so she can afford health insurance has that subsidy taken away. She can no longer afford to pay the $1,100/month premium that insurance would cost without the subsidy. So how long do you think she’s going to keep that insurance when she can’t pay the premiums?

“…and suggested that the plan’s end of the Medicaid expansion would not actually mean cost anyone their Medicaid coverage.”

So those who are currently on Medicaid because of the expansion won’t lose their Medicaid when the expansion goes away? Are they grandfathered in, somehow? First I’ve heard of this.

“He also claimed that because the people buying insurance on exchanges with subsidies would receive less generous tax credits instead, they will all have the opportunity to buy insurance if they want it.”

Tax credits are only of value to people who are paying more in taxes than what that credit would be. And many people have income so low they don’t pay federal income tax at all. What happens to those people — the people who are most in need of help buying health insurance?

And that whole “opportunity to buy” thing? There’s a BIG difference between “opportunity to buy” and ability to buy. This is something the right fails to grasp. And it will come to bite them in the ass when midterms come around.

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