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Bisbee Wire/stop the Health Bill


This bill stinks. And some Senators think it is too lenient and should be more stringent!  El Sucko!

However It can be stopped. Below are AZ legislators. Call them. And any other Senator you have time for, email.

Senator John McCain

DC (202) 224-2235 Phoenix  (602) 952-2410Tucson  (520) 670-6334

Senator Jeff Flake

DC 202-224-4521 Phoenix  602-840-1891 Tucson  520-575-8633


Rural poor and older residents to be hurt more severely by medicaid cuts. 

Rural hospitals that depend on Medicaid payments will be hurt badly by the reduction in funding for Medicaid.

Why do rich people need more money? From poor people. That is what this Senate bill will do; transfer money from the poor who will pay more to the rich who will get tax breaks. As will health insurance companies

The American Medical Association opposes the bill and says the Senate bill’s Medicaid payment formulas threaten to “limit states’ ability to address the health care needs of their most vulnerable citizens” and won’t keep up with new medical innovations and epidemics such as the opioid addiction crisis.

The Senate bill would mean that an estimated 15 million fewer Americans would have coverage next year, compared with the number if the ACA, commonly called Obamacare, remained in place.An estimated 22 million more Americans to be uninsured by the end of the coming decade.

The CBO estimated that two-thirds of the drop in health coverage a decade from now would fall on low-income people who rely on Medicaid.

The sharpest spike in insurance premiums would fall on middle-aged and somewhat older Americans.

The Senate plan would reduce federal spending to help people afford premiums for individual health insurance policies would eliminate enforcement of the law’s mandate that most Americans carry health insurance, health plans could freeze out customers for six months if they let it lapse.

. After 2020, it would begin a three-year phaseout of the federal money that under the ACA has paid almost the entire cost of adding 11 million Americans to the program’s rolls in 31 states. Although people buying insurance in the individual market would see lower premiums in many cases, the policies would cover less, and out-of-pocket costs would be higher.

Deductibles and out-of-pocket costs would increase substantially. The benchmark plan on the individual insurance market would have an actuarial value of 58%, meaning insurance would be obligated to cover 58% of total costs. That is down from the current 70% benchmark value.

According to the CBO, that would open the door for higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

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