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View Diary: House Republicans prepare the next Obamacare repeal bill, in disguise (98 comments)

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  •  Math is shaky here (0+ / 0-)

    The insurance companies set their premiums assuming that people who had good cheap insurance would have to change to good more expensive insurance.

    We can't say that healthy people who had good cheap insurance (because they were lucky enough to be healthy) can keep their cheap rates, and people who couldn't get insurance because they had pre-existing conditions can now buy moderately priced insurance. Moderately priced insurance won't cover the costs of the expensive sick people unless healthy people buy it too.

    Saying that Ms. Triathlon-at-Fifty-Five can keep her inexpensive insurance, and Mr. Heart-Attack-at-Fifty-Two can now get insurance, doesn't work. It's unicorns and ponies. Ms. Triathlon has to subsidize Mr. Heart-Attack. And that means Ms. Triathlon has to pay more.

    •  But no one told Ms. Triathlon that she was going (0+ / 0-)

      to be the one subsidizing Mr. Heart-Attack.  She probably assumed the government was going to fund the increased cost for him not that the cost was going to be directly shifted to her in the form of higher premiums.

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