Letter: Our health can’t afford GOPnocare


What’s wrong with the GOPnocare plan currently being touted by Republicans?

Let’s start with the AARP’s analysis: “When we examined the impact of both the tax credit changes and 5:1 age rating, our estimates find that, taken together, premiums for older adults could increase by as much as $3,600 for a 55-year old earning $25,000 a year, $7,000 for a 64-year old earning $25,000 a year and up to $8,400 for a 64-year old earning $15,000 a year.” (Letter to Congress on March 7, 2017) It turns out Republicans are touting an age tax.

Let that sink in—an increase in cost of “$8,400 for a 64-year old earning $15,000 a year.” And that’s just premiums, out-of-pocket costs are also likely to increase significantly because the bill also eliminates the cost sharing assistance in the ACA. Maybe that 64 year-old could go on Medicaid?

Maybe not. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities the same GOPnocare bill will shift $370 billion in Medicaid costs to the states over the next 10 years. How long do you think states could afford to pay those increased costs?

Call Jim Jordan, Bob Portman and Sherrod Brown. Tell them our health can’t afford the Republican “solutions.” We need to keep the ACA and move toward Medicare for all.

James Bode, Lima

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