At its peak, the Affordable Care Act reduced the number of uninsured Americans from 57 million Americans to 27 million Americans. The Republican health plan will increase the number of uninsured Americans to 41 million.
The argument for the change isn’t so much a “better” health plan as many Republicans in congress, and the president himself, have promised; rather, the real incentive here is an approximate annual savings of $33.7 billion over the same decade from a federal budget deficit of approximately $441 billion/year.
In simpler terms, this means Republicans in congress are are willing to risk the health of 24 million Americans in order to lower the annual federal budget deficit by about 7.6%.
This is not normal.
I have a better idea.
Let’s keep the Affordable Care Act as it is, or better yet, strengthen it. To pay for it, let’s take the necessary $33.7 billion from the president’s annual $54 billion increase in military spending.
See how easy that was?
It’s Wednesday, the 15th of March, 2017.