An abrupt move by the White House has put the health of hundreds of thousands of Georgians on the line. Trump is using the move to single-handedly dismantle Obamacare, and pressure Senate Democrats into voting on a new health care “compromise” bill.
Trump unilaterally decided to cut the payments to insurers that lower the cost of health care for low-income consumers buying insurance through the marketplace. Georgia is projected to lose about $56 million between now and the end of the year, and approximately 380,000 people in our state will be impacted.
A lesser known part of the Affordable Care act, cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), helps lower the cost of deductibles, copayments and other out-of-pocket expenses for consumer making between 100 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level. So, for individuals making between about $12,000 and $30,000 or a family of four making between $24,000 and $65,000, these CSRs work behind the scenes to make health care more affordable.
Several states (not Georgia, of course) are suing to halt the move to dismantle subsidies. Meanwhile, the Senate has been backed into a corner and many news outlets report a “compromise” is imminent.
Donald Trump, of course, is busy being a self-righteous piece of dirt on Twitter. If only we all received guaranteed lifetime incomes for doing the same.
The Georgia Health Policy Center has a helpful (and short) brief on the move to get CSRs here.
In other healthcare news, Medicaid and Medicare are still on the chopping block, with proposed $700 million in cuts in the current House version of the budget. And, under new regulations advanced by the White House, many workers are at greater risk of losing contraception coverage. The new regulations increase the number of employers eligible to exempt themselves from providing birth control coverage in their health insurance plans if they find it “morally” disagreeable.
On the plus side, if you never get sick, never get old and never have sex (especially if you are working or middle class), then you should be just fine.