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U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney pauses as he gives his reaction to the Supreme Court's upholding key parts of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law in Washington June 28, 2012.  Romney said on Thursday that the American people must defeat President Barack Obama in order to overturn his landmark healthcare overhaul. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)
Mitt Romney's recipe for disaster.
Last week, Families USA released an analysis of Mitt Romney's health care plan; not Romneycare, but what he's come up with since he started running for president, for Pete's sake. They estimated that about 60 million Americans would become uninsured under Romney/Ryan, up from roughly 48 million now. Turns out, Families USA might have been optimistic.

Another new study finds that the number of uninsured under Romney/Ryan could be much, much higher.

The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation, found that under Romney’s health care plan, the uninsured population would soar to 72 million by 2022 — 12 million higher than if nothing had been done at all.

By contrast, if President Barack Obama’s health care law is fully implemented — including complete state participation in the now voluntary Medicaid expansion — the number of uninsured people would drop from 47.9 million in 2011 to about 27.1 million people in 2022, the report estimated. [...]

The report says most of the difference is due to Romney’s plans for Medicaid, which he would turn into block grants, and the expansion of Medicaid that’s planned under the ACA. The gap between those two proposals accounts for about 80 percent of the difference in their impact on the uninsured, according to the analysis.

This analysis reiterates much of what other analyses have highlighted: repealing Obamacare, as Romney says he would do, would shorten the Medicare trust fund solvency period; seniors in the prescription drug donut hole would pay more for prescriptions; Medicare patients and people with private insurance would once again have to make co-payments for preventive services and annual wellness visits. In addition, the Romney/Ryan voucherized Medicare would likely increase out-of-pocket expenses for seniors because the value of the voucher would likely not keep pace with the increase in health care costs.

What Romney/Ryan want to do Amercia's health care system would make it far worse that the pre-Obamacare status quo, just in terms of what they would do to Medicaid and Medicare. Throw in any give-aways they'll come up with for PhRMA and the insurers and device manufacturers and every other big money health care industry group, and it could be even more disastrous.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:38 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:38:50 AM PDT

  •  But but...Emergency Room! (12+ / 0-)

    Shorter Romney plan: I got mine, who cares about the 99%.

  •  if you voucherize (6+ / 0-)

    Medicare, how many seniors join the ranks of the uninsured?  People who can't get covereage for the voucher amount may just give up.  And what kind of coverage will be offered some 65 year old with multiple  diseases, heart issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, renal insufficiency, etc.?

  •  As much as I hate HuffPo, there was an excellent (3+ / 0-)

    article that came out today from another group of Mitten's "advisor's" finally deigning to give us people more details on his replacement health care plan. I cannot believe they're going to try to fly this complete pile of stinking shit the day before the debates and that Obama isn't going to pound him with it, but then again, he's also desperately trying to get the Latino vote by promising he won 't revoke President Obama's executive order regarding the 2 year visa program for dreamer's if he's elected. (Yeah, right, because you've proven yourself to be so trustworthy you craven, lying, opportunistic, self entitled bastard). It's important reading. please share this with as many people as you can.

    Here's the link:

    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by mindara on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:56:11 AM PDT

  •  I was just reading that Romney is (3+ / 0-)
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    not a cent, politicalceci, Leap Year

    coming out with a few details on his replacement for Obamacare -- he is going to make consumers pay for basic healthcare

    Our plan has a $7,000 deductible. I definitely thought twice about doctor visits and medications. We pay the first $2,000 totally put of pocket, then we pay some for the next $5,000 and then finally we get full coverage.

    Just for my daughters meds and one test, we reached our first $2,000 by Feb 1st. As the year draws to a close, I am making sure we see her doctor now and run any tests he may need so it's covered.

    My husband has a great job and I'm thinking like this.... What's going to happen to all the barely-getting-by-families? They won't see a doctor until its an emergency -- I fail to see how this is an improvement on the old way of doing things. Except now, families have to pay for insurance premiums to get no coverage.

    Yeah, great job Mittens

    “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan” is an anagram for “My ultimate Ayn Rand Porn.”

    by theKgirls on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:57:16 AM PDT

  •  That's 50 million more uninsured than Obamacare (3+ / 0-)
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    AnnieJo, KayCeSF, politicalceci

    I've come to love that word "Obamacare." Soon when the people become more familiar with the Affordable Care Act every Republican will eat their words and regret ever having associated the Plan with President Obama's good name.

    Democrats will be discussing "Improving Obamacare" and Republicans will need to come up with a new name in their hope of denying any hope for the people.

  •  all under-estimates (1+ / 0-)
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    As far as I'm concerned, premiums are already so high that no sane company or individual would pay them -- and since premiums seem to only go higher, at a rate way above GDP or COLAs, within a few years nothing will be remotely "affordable" except for the super-rich. If you tell employers they have to buy it for employees, bingo -- they manage not to hire any "employees," only independent contractors. IMO this is a huge contributor to the stuck employment numbers.

    So mandate or no, my prediction is that the number of uninsured will continue to rise and will eventually be more than 50% of the population, and a much higher percentage of the under-65s. Either single-payer (or at least a truly affordable Medicare-buy-in public option) comes in, or providers will have to get used to being paid in $10-a-week installments or in chickens and cornmeal. Or people just don't get medical care.


  •  Romney is supposed to be the "values guy" right? (1+ / 0-)
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    Question: Are Romney's children "makers" or "takers?"
    Are they "makers" simply because their dad is rich?

    I'm confused...

  •  That's the entire point (1+ / 0-)
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    keep americans desperate so they'll grovel to their employers begging for health care crumbs. And the rest they don't care about.

  •  I used to work in a retail store (0+ / 0-)

    that offered medical insurance with optional deductibles. In practice, the less you earned the higher the deductible you chose, because you couldn't afford the lower deductible plans.  Most employees  were earning no more than $10 an hour. The "choice" had  totally the opposite effect Mitt the Snit says it would have.  I knew women working there just for health insurance for their families, as their husbands were cabbies or self-employed.  Their paychecks were nothing, lunch money.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 07:05:01 PM PDT

  •  This is just a royal edict from Romney. (0+ / 0-)

    He's not going to feel it.  His wife will not feel it.  His kids and any future descendants are not going to experience it.

    Yet, he's going to inflict and test his miserly ideas of healthcare out on "those people".  If they die, who cares?  It's only the 47 percent.

    For anyone else, a twist of fate in which they lose everything and would have to undergo the same fate as others trying to get by on a mere pittance of a salary would probably scare the living daylights out of them.

    However, for HRH Mitt, not even that could move his hardened heart.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 07:31:28 PM PDT

  •  Did Romney consult with (0+ / 0-)

    his boy genius, aka "Numbers guy". To inquire if 72 million uninsured people equaled a lot of people.

    I seriously don't understand how anyone making less than 3-5 million are supporting him.  I also know a few people that do make that range and they are voting for Obama.  I also know a few who are not.

  •  And deaths of uninsured rise from 45,000 to ??? (0+ / 0-)
    Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a new study published online today by the American Journalof Public Health.

    If the uninsured were 44 million in 2008 and Willard's plan increases uninsured to 72 million, math would forecast 75,000 deaths every year from being uninsured. The figure would probably be higher if the provisions of Obamacare are repealed - annual/lifetime limits, pre-existing conditions, parents' coverage to age 26, etc.

  •  Don't just save Medicaid, Fit it! (0+ / 0-)

    Medicaid Discriminates against Medicaid patients with serious mental illness and drug addiction who need longer stays in specialized rehab facilities.  It causes relapses, and puts patients at risk of homelessness, vicitimization, incarceration and death.  

    Please read this...I wrote it at the start of the Occupy Movement.

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