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The Way Congress Is Handling Health Care Shows Why They Only Have A 17 Percent Approval Rating

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

The Senate health care bill was unveiled on Thursday, and it appears to be dead on arrival. At least four conservative senators say that they can’t vote for the current version because it doesn’t go far enough, while several moderate Republicans are expressing concerns that it goes too far in repealing popular Obamacare provisions. You can read the full text of the bill here. Since Democrats are going to be united in voting against any bill that the Republicans put forward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republican votes if he wants something to pass. I don’t know how that is going to be possible, and so in the end we may be stuck with Obamacare for the foreseeable future and that would be a total disaster.

It is astounding to me that Republicans don’t want to pass the exact same clean Obamacare repeal bill that they got to Obama’s desk in 2016. If they got that same bill to Trump’s desk, he would sign it. Instead of trying to do everything at once, just repeal Obamacare and then start working on various pieces of the health care system one at a time.

According to Real Clear Politics, Congress currently has an average approval rating of just 17.6 percent. It is an institution that has failed the American people over and over again, and we are never going to move things in a positive direction in this country until we do something to clean up that cesspool of filth and corruption.

If we truly want to fix health care in this country, we need to rebuild the entire system from the ground up based on free market principles. But of course the bill that was just unveiled in the Senate simply tries to patch up the system we already have, and that ultimately won’t work…

The bill is very similar to the version of the House bill that passed last month but with some key changes. The text released Thursday showed the Senate legislation would still make major changes to the nation’s health care system, repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, drastically cutting back federal support of Medicaid, eliminating Obamacare’s taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others. The Senate plan however would keep Obamacare’s subsidies to help people pay for individual coverage.

One thing that is good about the Senate bill is that it would eliminate Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood for 12 months, but of course this is something that would need to be made permanent as soon as possible.

A more detailed list of major changes that the Senate bill makes was posted on Zero Hedge

Gives subsidies illegal immigrants if they are working in the United States
Subsidies based on 350% Federal Poverty Level, not 400%.
Gets rid of business and consumer mandates with no penalty
Qualified plans don’t need to provide abortion coverage unless it’s to save the life of the mother
Each state gets 15-10 Billion for uninsurables
Cadillac tax is gone
OTC med tax is gone
HSA penalty tax is 10%
Prescription tax is gone
Medical device tax is gone
Business owners can deduct part d expense again
Deductible medical expenses are back to 7.5% instead of 10% AGI
Tanning tax is gone (ironic)
Net investment tax is gone
HSA deductibility will be adjusted every year for COLA
Both spouses can now make catch-up contributions to a family HSA
60 day limitation to setting up an HSA account when first getting the plan for purposes of a current claim
No coverage for abortion clinics
Repeal of cost-sharing subsidy
MLR set by states
Grants for states battling opiod addiction (like mine)
CHIP is reauthorized
$5,000 app fee to create small business association health pool
Psychiatric coverage is limited to institutionalized individuals only, and for stays up to 30 days but not to exceed 90 days
The Senate draft health-care bill doesn’t currently include a provision penalizing people who don’t maintain continuous coverage
Overall, the Senate bill would be a bit of an improvement over Obamacare.

But a slight improvement over a major disaster is still a disaster.

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