Be careful what you ask for, or the person you vote for! Trump campaigned on the promise that Republicans would repeal and replace Obamacare.
This morning the House of Representatives , by a very narrow margin (217-213) voted to replace the Affordable Health Care act. That is the act that has become known as Obamacare. Obamacare is the law that Sarah Palin asserted would create “death panels.”
Palin’s assertion that Obamacare would result in Death Panels was voted as Politifact’s Lie of the Year.
Without question Obamacare did NOT result in Death Panels. Palin said that seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.”
With the passage today of the GOP’s health coverage replacement, it seems Palin may have prophesied her own party’s repeal and replacement.
While this bill must be approved by the Senate, this bill, if it becomes law, will repeal and replace large portions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It will change the rules and subsidies for people who buy their own insurance coverage, and make major cuts to the Medicaid program, which funds care for the poor and disabled.
Under Obamacare the federal government cut off subsidies to help people buy their insurance at an income of around $48,000 for a single person. The American Health Care Act would let people get government subsidies much higher up the income scale — up to about $150,000. But the bill would allow states to waive rules on minimum benefit standards and rules that prevent insurance companies from charging higher prices to customers with pre-existing illnesses. That means, over all, the gap between the tax subsidies and the cost of needed care could widen, even for some people who will get extra financial help.
“Make no mistake – many people will die as a result of this bill,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, said.
The new law passed by the House today will significantly curtail federal support for Medicaid and allow states to require able-bodied adults to work. After 2020, states that expanded Medicaid would no longer receive enhanced federal funding to cover low-income adults, and those that hadn’t expanded would be immediately barred from doing so.