A video of Paul Ryan refusing to say how many people will lose coverage under Trumpcare keeps getting deleted from Facebook.
The video comes from an interview that Ryan did with CBS’ John Dickerson. Dickerson asked Ryan point-blank, “How many people are going to lose coverage under this new [bill]?”
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But Paul Ryan deflects the question out of hand. Instead, he says, “I can’t answer that question.”
So let’s help the Speaker with the answer. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 24 million Americans would lose health coverage under the Trumpcare 1.0 bill.
And Trumpcare 2.0 provides even fewer protections than the previous version of the bill. So 24 million Americans will still lose their coverage, and probably more.
Ryan then went on to say, “People are going to what they want to do with their lives because we believe in individual freedom in this country. So the question is, are we providing a system where people have access to health insurance if they choose to do so.”
“And the answer is yes,” finished Ryan. Ryan is completely divorced from reality and doesn’t even realize the impact his terrible bill will have on people’s lives.
For instance, seniors will have to pay 750% more for insurance thanks to Trumpcare’s cuts to subsidies and provisions to let insurers charge senior more. As a result, many seniors will have to choose between buying food and paying for health-care.
So the AARP is already warning its members that Trumpcare will ruin their lives. Seniors have a lot to lose if Trumpcare becomes law.
Trumpcare will also allow states to place people with pre-existing conditions in high-risk pools. It’s a move that will allow insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions more and make more profits in the process.
These Americans will find that they can’t afford the coverage they need. Many will have to drop their insurance because they can’t afford it.
The poor will also suffer under Trumpcare. That’s because Trumpcare makes massive cuts to Medicaid and guts the Medicaid expansion started under Obamacare.