GOP plans for insurance will bankrupt a lot of sick people
In an interview aired the day before yesterday on Democracy Now, Dr. Steffie Woolhandler discussed changes which the GOP plans to make to health insurance for the poor to punish them for being poor.
Basically, poorest people will be hit with a new requirement that they pay premiums for nothing for six months or more – while not receiving coverage (this is an essential ingredient of for profit health insurance, to eliminate the chance that some person might come out ahead by not buying insurance when they were healthy and buying it when they are sick)
They will have to pay bills for no coverage for months or perhaps more if they miss a single bill. This will cause major problems for poor people, such as loss of (rented) homes and jobs, because its just simply not possible to fine people for being poor when they are sick. the first few months of any illness, as no doubt they know, are by far the most expensive. So if during this period of having to pay premiums without getting coverage they also have to go to the doctor, they are unlikely to be able top pull the money out of some hat to pay (if they could they would not have been eligible for the aid in the first place) So what they are doing is guaranteeing poor people who are paying for health care wont get it, if they make the mistake of trying to use it, end up getting extra bills, which they cant pay they will lose it, while still having to pay.
If they miss a single bill as the result, they will pay dearly, by losing the coverage, no matter how expensive.
Clearly the GOP are either trying to outdo one another in their meanness to the poor, or not really thinking this through at all. Either way they are not fit to govern!area woman, PADemD, Enthusiast like this"Out of many, one"
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