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The AHCA Is A Horrible Bill Passed By Reprehensible People

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Jon Cohn has more on the political suicide-literal murder pact passed by the House of Representatives:

Twenty-three million fewer Americans would have insurance under legislation that House Republicans narrowly passed last month, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Wednesday.

The agency also predicted the deficit would come down by $119 billion over the next decade ― and that premiums for people buying insurance on their own would be relatively lower than those premiums would be if the Affordable Care Act stays in place.

But the reasons health insurance would be less expensive for some aren’t much to cheer about, the budget report makes clear. Prices would come down for healthy people because those who are sick or have illness in their medical histories would have less access to coverage ― and the policies available on the market would tend to be a lot less comprehensive.

In other words, the price for lower premiums would be some combination of higher out-of-pocket costs, fewer covered services, and coverage that would be harder to get for the people who need it most.

Pema Levy has more on the misleading “lower premiums” spin here. See also Gaba and Lopez.

Meanwhile, let’s head over to the Cavalcade of EMAILS! for some hard-hitting analysis, with annotation by Simon Maloy:

Either way, he won’t be one of the 23 million, so let’s forget this dry policy analysis and get into a dry martini!

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