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Ground zero for AHCA

March 29, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Florida has 500,000 people on the ACA (Affordable Care Act or Obamacare). This does not include Medicaid applicants because Gov. Rick Scott did accept the financial help that was offered.

The new bill, the American Health Care Act, drops many of the benefits of Obamacare.

Below are some of the items not covered in this new plan. When coverage runs out and you have no more coverage, many will have to file for bankruptcy.

The new bill will allow unlimited pay raises to the overpaid CEOs of insurance companies and at the same time will not place a fixed amount on 84 percent of premiums to be mandated to health care.

New bill will greatly increase costs to seniors in their higher medical costs in the period of later life. Florida has a very high number of seniors who will be penalized. Premiums for older people will shoot skyward meaning that a 64-year-old making $24,000 per year will see half of their income go toward the cost of covering medical insurance.

The new plan does not guarantee mental health benefits, nor does provide adequately for drug care.

The replacement plan as evaluated by the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) report shows that by 2018, 14 million people will lose coverage. By 2026, 24 million fewer people will have the benefit of health care coverage.

Keep in mind the ever-changing Republican bill would knock more Americans out of coverage than if Obamacare alone were repealed. Getting rid of Obamacare, according to the CBO, would cost 23 million Americans their health insurance, so 1 million more Americans would have health insurance just by repealing than would be covered with the Republican replacement plan.

Other things to consider are the average deductibles from the AHCA would be $1,550 higher than under Obamacare - an increase of more than 60 percent - and also by repealing two taxes that are part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) it offers no benefit at all to people making less than $200,000 a year and would offer most of its benefits - 79 percent - to millionaires.

The new plan is being changed, but not necessarily improved. What makes this all so sad is the total insecurity for the poor and middle class of our citizens.

The big winners are the 1 percent and 2 percent who benefit from tax cuts that Congress will implement shortly after passing the repeal of the ACA Obama care.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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