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originally posted by: crazyewok
The reason they brought in Obamacare was because US healthcare was unaffordable and a joke in the first place.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: Martin75
Like I said early on in the thread, the ACA isn't perfect. Far from it. But just repealing it with no replacement will make things worse. And so far the only replacement I've heard proposed, Trump's, does nothing to benefit the working class.
Key Facts about the Uninsured Population
Sep 29, 2016
Decreasing the number of uninsured is a key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which extends Medicaid coverage to many low-income individuals in states that have expanded and provides Marketplace subsidies for individuals below 400% of poverty
In the past, gaps in the public insurance system and lack of access to affordable private coverage left millions without health insurance. Beginning in 2014, the ACA expanded coverage to millions of previously uninsured people through the expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of Health Insurance Marketplaces. Data show substantial gains in public and private insurance coverage and historic decreases in uninsured rates in the first and second years of ACA coverage. Coverage gains were particularly large among low-income people living in states that expanded Medicaid. Still, millions of people—28.5 million in 2015— remain without coverage.
The main reason uninsured workers give for not taking up an offer of coverage is that the coverage is unaffordable.7 From 2006 to 2016, total premiums for family coverage has increased by 58%, and the worker’s share has increased by 78%, outpacing wage growth.
Who remains uninsured?
• In 2015, nearly three quarters of the uninsured (74%) had at least one full-time worker in their family, and an additional 11% had a part-time worker in their family (Figure 4).
• Individuals below poverty are at the highest risk of being uninsured (the poverty level for a family of three was $19,078 in 2015). In total, over eight in ten of the uninsured are in low- or moderate-income families, meaning they have incomes below 400% of poverty (Figure 4).
• While a plurality (45%) of the uninsured are non-Hispanic Whites, people of color are at higher risk of being uninsured than Whites. People of color make up 41% of the nonelderly U.S. population but account for over half of the total nonelderly uninsured population (Figure 4). The disparity in insurance coverage is especially high for Hispanics, who account for 20% of the nonelderly population but nearly a third (32%) of the nonelderly uninsured population. Hispanics and Blacks have significantly higher uninsured rates (17.2% and 12.2%, respectively) than Whites (8.1%).14
Now that it's clear enough, however, that Obamacare is basically an expensive Medicaid expansion coupled with 2,400 pages of liberty-sapping mandates, it's time for a winning Obamacare alternative to emerge, one along the lines of what Ed Gillespie almost rode to victory in the Virginia Senate race. Such an alternative should address the longstanding inequity in the tax code—between employer-based and individually purchased insurance—while adhering to four basic notions:
originally posted by: marg6043
Petosi and Smuck, what a dynamic duo, the only problem is that anything they say means crap because both of them are nothing this days but crap.
Hard to be heard if you are any of those two, unless is CNN the one doing the listening.