The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Trumpcare fails in safeguarding the poorest


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 07, 2017 - 5:51 AM

A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its poorest citizens. The Senate bill (Trumpcare) fails.

In Georgia, it would cause a net loss in health insurance coverage in 2026 of 261,400 in the individual market and 701,600 in Medicaid. Under Obamacare, if you have a pre-existing condition, you can't be charged more and all plans have to cover essential health benefits.

Under Trumpcare, states can opt out of requiring plans to cover essential health benefits and insurance companies can stop offering plans covering the kind of services people with pre-existing conditions need, driving up prices for broader coverage. Premiums after tax credits in the market would increase by 74 percent under Trumpcare compared with Obamacare.

Under Obamacare, older folks can be charged a maximum of three times as much as younger ones, but under Trumpcare, this would increase to five times. People on the individual market will have to trade down to a lower plan with higher deductibles. Trumpcare fails on all counts.

Roger Mills

Stockbridge