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Senators Kaine and Warner; Ralph Northam on “Skinny” Trumpcare Disaster

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Bottom line: any Republican Senator who votes for this is, de facto, voting to throw millions of Americans off of health insurance AND to raise their premiums. Other than that, it’s peachy! Yeah…not a laughing matter, I know.  Anyway, we’ll see soon enough if there are any Republicans in the U.S. Senate who possess a backbone, conscience or soul. Anyone care to bet on that one? What kind of odds?



  • Rep. Don Beyer on House GOP “martial law” to try to ram through Trumpcare monstrosity

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  • Video: Sen. Tim Kaine explains where we’re at right now with Trumpcare, “skinny” repeal, etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvTggwijKhE

  • Two-term (former) Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R):

    As some of you may know, I’ve spent my entire professional career in the insurance industry and I know how it works. So here are a few thoughts on the so called “Skinny Repeal Bill” that is currently being considered in the U.S. Senate. (This bill would repeal the individual mandate and the employer mandate, but it would leave the balance of the Affordable Care Act in tact.)

    This may be the worst bill the Senate has considered. Let me explain why. If you repeal the individual mandate and the employer mandate, but continue to require insurance companies to insure everyone and cover pre-existing conditions, you will create massive “adverse selection.” This means that sick people will be insured in disproportionate numbers because many healthy people will choose to go without insurance. The result will inevitably be massive financial losses for health insurance companies, skyrocketing premiums for everyone, and even fewer health insurance options. (These loses are offset to some degree right now because everyone, even healthy people, are required to be insured.)

    As bad as the current situation is, this will be much worse. It will be even more difficult for individuals and small businesses to obtain or afford health insurance, and premiums for other group insurance programs will be much higher than they currently are. Passage of this bill will not help the current situation, it will make it worse…..much worse. This will play right into the argument that we should have a single payer, government run health system, which would be the worst possible outcome.

    Don’t misunderstand me, I’m no fan of the ACA, but policy makers need to understand that it is the things that people don’t like about the ACA, such as mandatory participation for everyone; that make possible the things that people do like about the ACA, such as guaranteed insurability and coverage for preexisting conditions. You can’t have one without the other.

    These aren’t decisions that should be made based on rigid political philosophies and agendas. This are very complex issues that need thoughtful and deliberate consideration.