TrumpCare eliminates health coverage to eight Brooklyns.


Anne and I are visiting an old friend in Sarasota, Florida after celebrating Anne’s birthday with family in Brooklyn.

No posting of my own. But the non-partisan Government Budget Office released their report today that TrumpCare would eliminate health care coverage to 24 million people.

That is equal to 8 Brooklyns.


About 24 million more people would be uninsured under the Republican plan to replace Obamacare,  according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, creating a daunting political impediment for a proposal that would reduce the deficit by more than $300 billion.

The coverage estimate is a setback for President Donald Trump, who promised that “insurance for everybody” would replace Obamacare, which used government subsidies and an expansion of Medicaid to bring coverage to 20 million people. But Republicans trying to pass the legislation without Democratic support argued that any reduction in the rolls of the insured isn’t as important as what they say will be cheaper coverage.

The CBO, the official scorekeeper of the budgetary effects of proposed legislation, said the GOP proposal would reduce the deficit by $337 billion over 10 years. Trump touted the plan Monday before the CBO score was released.

“More competition, less regulation will finally bring down the cost of care,” Trump said. “It takes a while to get there because you have to let that marketplace kick in and it is going to take a little while to get there. Once it does, it is going to be a thing of beauty.”

Medicaid Reduction

The coverage losses would begin even before many parts of the Republican plan go into effect. CBO estimates that next year about 14 million fewer people would have insurance, largely because they’d no longer choose to buy it. The losses in coverage after 2018 mainly come from Medicaid, CBO said. By 2026, about 52 million people would be without health insurance. If the Affordable Care Act instead continued, 28 million would be uninsured.

Insurance premiums will be 15 percent to 20 percent higher over the next couple of years, before the GOP replacement plan goes fully into effect. They’d fall after, thanks to more young people signing up and a provision in the bill that lets insurers offer fewer benefits, CBO says. In a decade, premiums are estimated to be 10 percent lower than they would have been under Obamacare.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to skirt opposition from the conservative wing of the party, which has derided the measure as “Obamacare Lite,” and moderates facing angry constituents who face losing care. Several key Republican senators have said they can’t vote for the bill in its current form. Ryan has tried to steel party members against the office’s estimate.

“I’ve been telling our members, just get ready, this is always what happens with CBO,” Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday. “You’re never going to win a coverage beauty contest when it’s free market versus government mandates.”

6 Replies to “TrumpCare eliminates health coverage to eight Brooklyns.”

  1. All this is is obamacare redo to keep the insurance scam afloat for a while longer until another “redo” is needed.
    Lady at a town hall had the right idea, make the pols have the same insrance as we do. That woudl fix it in record time.

  2. What is with these idiots Ryan & Chaffetz, comparing health care to buying Smart phones, a “coverage beauty contest,” & Cruz, who compared healthcare to having a Cadillac.
    That oooold argument, “Well, not everyone can have a Cadillac.”
    Nor would we want one (gas guzzler).

  3. The White House just sent out an email asking for me to comment on the disaster of Obamacare. How disgusting. “Share your story’ is a place to click to write stories. I say contact the White House and tell why this plan is a disaster.
    Share Your Obamacare Disaster Story

    The White House
    5:24 PM (31 minutes ago)

    The White House
    Obamacare has been a complete failure since the beginning, and things are only getting worse.

    Today, President Donald J. Trump held a listening session to hear directly from Americans who have experienced significant hardship as a result of Obamacare’s poor coverage and rising prices.

    President Trump wants to hear from hard-working Americans like you. How has Obamacare affected you? Share your Obamacare disaster story.

    First 50 Days

    During the meeting, one woman revealed that she had her health insurance cancelled three times since Obamacare became law. Another attendee had her insurance jump from $17,000 a year to a devastating $52,500 a year for her struggling family, while yet another said her health insurance now costs more than her mortgage.

    Obamacare came packaged as the healthcare solution for all Americans. Instead, the country was given hundreds of pages of broken promises.

    Millions of hard-working Americans have been impaired by soaring costs, cancelled plans, and overbearing mandates. As one of those innocent Americans, President Trump wants to hear your story about how this disastrous law has affected you and your family.

    Share Your Story

  4. Yeah.”Free market” is another way of saying the fat cats are free to make huge profits off people’s health. And we are free to buy insurance or make our mortgage payments. The real sadness is how easily the Trumpites were manipulated. Maybe that’s what we should be wondering about…

    1. What I wonder is how many, if any, tRump loyalists have gotten the message. I read online about one person who has a friend who is a tRump supporter. He had no idea that tRump tells lies. Those who loose their insurance will find out the hard way. Bet they still vote Republican. It’s hard to convince anyone that their thoughts are wrong.

      Yep. How wonderful to have the freedom to ‘choose less for more’. I’m afraid that they’ll come after Medicare next. Ryan is drooling at the thought.

  5. As long as the repug plan includes huge tax breaks for the wealthy, it’s a go for them. Coverage just is not important to these folks. And those who do have coverage will be paying much more for much less insurance, especially those of us over 50. Premiums as well as co-pays escalate. I wonder how the trumpsters feel now. Their party and their clown-in-charge do not seem to care about their coverage. Not important says eddie munster, I mean paul ryan. The repugs will give them their FREEDOM to choose less for more. Great new plan, eh? Dream come true. Yep.

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