Heritage: Nobody getting 'thrown off' ObamaCare

Thursday, December 21, 2017
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Healthcare.gov 2017The GOP-passed tax cut bill will not toss people off health insurance despite left-wing claims, says a health policy analyst.

The individual mandate is included in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and requires virtually everyone living legally in the United States to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

"If it is repealed, 13 million fewer Americans will have health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)," warned Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in a Forbes article this month.

The  left-wing website Vox made a similar argument in a November article, predicting "13 million more uninsured" if the GOP tax bill repealed the individual mandate.  

Health policy analyst Bob Moffit of The Heritage Foundation says CBO never claimed that people will lose coverage

"What CBO said was that by repealing the mandate, roughly 13 million people fewer people over the next 10 years would not have coverage because they would voluntarily decide not to buy or to enroll in health insurance coverage in various health insurance markets," Moffit tells OneNewsNow.

"CBO has never said," he adds, "that people are going to 'lose their coverage' or be thrown out of coverage."

Projections of 13 million fewer people having coverage are based on CBO projections about how many people will actually sign up over the next 10 years under the current law.

"They have been wildly off, by the way, with regards to their own coverage estimates," he advises. "And that's just a fact."

Meanwhile, The Heritage Foundation remains in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.

"There's different ways of going about it," says Moffitt, "but the repeal of the individual mandate does nothing to fix the health insurance markets."

That market is "badly damaged" this year, he says, after a 25-percent jump in premiums and deductibles as high as $12,000, with a collapse of competition, too.

According to Moffit, there were 395 insurers selling coverage in the individual market in 2013 and, next year, that number is expected to be 181 offering coverage.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Would you prefer that Attorney General Jeff Sessions uphold the laws of the United States – or the laws of the United Methodist Church?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump advises GOP: Quit wasting time on immigration.
Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention
Trump tries to change focus of border debate
Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs
Man charged in bike path killings speaks in court of 'Allah'
Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens
Nearly 400 people used Calif. assisted death law in 2017

LATEST FROM THE WEB

'Ashamed' Comey weighs calling himself Canadian, rips Trump border actions during Ireland visit
Coffins at DMZ to collect US service members' remains from North Korea
Ex-teacher busted for allegedly having sex with same teen Anthony Weiner sexted
FBI agent Peter Strzok subpoenaed to testify by House Judiciary Committee
Trump shuts down federal office dictating guidelines for doctors

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Trump's 1st-yr. approval rating ties Obama's

Trump confident pointing upIn the face of all the “fake news” portraying President Donald Trump as a markedly unpopular president, the vocal Republican leader took to Twitter Friday to point out that his 46-percent first-year approval rating essentially tied former President Barack Obama’s at the close of his first year in office.