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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:12 PM

Trump Counters Media Narrative With 'Victims' of Obamacare

Debra J. Saunders
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 4:27 PM


President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"The press is making it look so wonderful," Trump complained Monday at an event at the White House arranged to counter the usual media narrative -- a listening session with "victims" of the ACA, or Obamacare.

Open a newspaper and you can read all about it. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that in just one year, 14 million fewer people likely would be insured if the GOP's American Health Care Act becomes law. There is little mention of CBO's past faulty predictions. In 2010, it said there would be 21 million Americans buying policies through Affordable Care Act exchanges by 2016. The actual number was 11.5 million.

There also is scant mention of the Americans who stand to lose coverage as health care providers drop out of the individual market or who pay their premiums but don't see doctors because their plans' high deductibles are prohibitive. There is little mention of the 6.5 million Americans who preferred to pay a penalty last year rather than purchase their own policies.

Democrats warn of the GOP bill's "age tax." The GOP plan would change a formula that prohibits insurers from charging their oldest consumers, age 50-64, more than three times what they charge adults under age 29. The new ratio, which would be offset by higher tax credits for older Americans, would be 5-to-1. That could mean younger adults will be more likely to buy their own plans, but that's not the emphasis of many stories.

Later in the week, Trump held a rally in Nashville for a reason. Tennessee's insurance commissioner has warned that ACA exchanges are "very near collapse," as providers have bailed out of the state. Two of the 10 Obamacare "victims" invited to the White House hail from Tennessee.

Trump's "victims" resemble many Americans who resent Obamacare. They work hard and are successful so they often don't qualify for federal subsidies. They are paying higher premiums for policies with higher deductibles and limited access to once beloved doctors. Many voted for Obama, in part because they believed his promise, that if they liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:30 AM

I personally could provide a half-dozen cases of those who could more afford the fine than the $10K Barryxare coverage (premium only, with $5K deductible).

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