The Congressional Budget Office has scored the American Health Care Act, and it is cleared for the Senate to act on it.
It reduces the average premiums paid over the current situation—the stated goal—by making insurance too expensive for people with pre-existing conditions in states that choose to obtain waivers allowed in the bill that would, according to the CBO, “allow premiums to be set on the basis of an individual’s health status in a substantial portion of the nongroup market.”
The CBO continues: “Over time, it would become more difficult for less healthy people (including people with preexisting medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly. As a result of the narrower scope of covered benefits and the difficulty less healthy people would face purchasing insurance, average premiums for people who did purchase insurance would generally be lower than in other states.”
I am sickened that our elected Representatives voted for this and urge our Senators to stop it before it becomes law.
I hear all the time that an Oklahoma value, an American value, is our willingness to help others, to go the extra mile. I know this is a Christian value. Support for this bill is counter to these ideals.
If we truly believe we are all in this together, that we need to help one another, we must do everything you can to oppose this selfish and self-centered bill from becoming law.