The American Healthcare Act, the GOP’s revision of the Affordable Care Act, has been drawing wild criticism.
Many critics have pointed out that rural communities will be affected as the newly proposed plan would account for no variation in costs between regional markets – which will be devastating to those in lower-economic areas. The plan would still allow for families or individuals to still receive Medicaid, but only until 2020.
The new plan will also repeal some Obamacare-related taxes which sounds great to the average American, until they realize that only the rich will benefit in those cuts. Those helped with Medicaid or Obamacare subsidies would lose out. Many will probably go without insurance because they will no longer be able to afford any type of coverage.
However, the biggest criticism by far is that instead of subsidizing enrollees based on income, Trumpcare would provide refundable tax credits based primarily on age, most of those credits going to younger Americans. The age group that will be hit the hardest are those aged 50-64.
And AARP is PISSED.
AARP premiered a new video advertisement yesterday. This suggests it is ramping up its efforts to kill the age tax.
— AARP Advocates (@AARPadvocates) March 6, 2017
This is part of their ongoing campaign, launched on February 15, in opposition to the age tax. It certainly seems that they are taking a definite stance to oppose this measure.
As of right now, they are the only leader who has stepped up to protect the affordable healthcare of older Americans – affordable being the key word. Many GOP senators will not discuss the changes yet, citing not enough time to review the information. Of course, they are not subject to this plan, just their constituents – you know, merely the people who voted them in.
Some spineless representatives will not stand up and say that this new plan will be devastating for many Americans, but AARP has enough spine for them all. They did not shy away from losing members when they supported Obamacare and they are not too scared to stand up now against those who would, once again, put the rich above the needs of the people.
All they need now is a cape and tights.