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How does the Better Care Reconciliation Act compare to the ACA? It's pretty obvious that it is better for the rich and worse for the poor, old and sick.
Let's start with the better for the rich. The bill includes nearly $1 trillion in tax cuts going primarily to the wealthy, with 40 percent of savings going to the top 1 percent of earners and 64 percent of savings going to the top 20 percent of earners. Also increased HSA's are terrific for those that can afford it.
On to the worse for the poor, old and sick. Medicaid funding would be slashed, Medicaid expansion would be phased out, Planned Parenthood would be defunded for a year, subsidies would be reduced and phased out, older Americans can be charged five times more than younger Americans; all resulting in more people unable to afford healthcare.
And what about our country as a whole? Without the individual and employee mandates, the entire system is financially unstable. And states can waive out of the essential benefit requirement, meaning they won't have to cover things like maternity care or preventative screenings. That's just bad!
Senator Gardner, do not vote for the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It will make things worse for Coloradans and our country. You've heard the expression "don't throw the baby out with the bathwater". Focus on what needs fixing. You've traveled to all four corners of our state and know what's not working. This bill is obviously not the answer.
Leslie Levy, Denver
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