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When Mitch "The Bitch" McConnell was 2 years old, he contracted polio. He recovered thanks in large part to the March of Dimes, an organization which he has refused to meet with regarding the Republican Insurance Plan, or R.I.P., he's developing.
https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article...te-health-bill

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This is interesting:
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Two big news breaks for healthcare.
The CBO score is out and confirms that the AHCA is a net negative for insurance coverage.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cbo...nce-2017-06-26

And, the American Medical Association has come out against it.
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare...o-no-harm-rule

There's no information on how the new updates to the AHCA (warning, automatic video plays) will effect coverage, however it's assumed to also decrease the overall number of individuals able to recieve care do to its stated purpose.
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The majority of losses from the Senate bill is from the repeal of the individual mandate. It says that in their conclusion.

Effects on Health Insurance Coverage
CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 15 million more people would be uninsured under this legislation than under current law—primarily because the penalty for not having insurance would be eliminated. The increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number projected under current law would reach 19 million in 2020 and 22 million in 2026. In later years, other changes in the legislation—lower spending on Medicaid and substantially smaller average subsidies for coverage in the nongroup market—would also lead to increases in the number of people without health insurance. By 2026, among people under age 65, enrollment in Medicaid would fall by about 16 percent and an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.


So people losing insurance isn't the word I would use here. The CBO is assuming if people aren't coerced into buying insurance they won't.

Lets not forget that the CBO had initially predicted the amount of insurance coverage offered from the PPACA incorrectly. Here is a passage from a Forbes article:

When the ACA passed in 2010, CBO projected 21 million people would be enrolled in the exchanges in 2016. After the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion was optional for states and not compulsory, CBO increased its projection of 2016 exchange enrollment to 22 million as some people who would otherwise have been enrolled in Medicaid in non-expansion states were then expected to enroll in the exchanges instead. Exchanges plans have proved much less attractive than expected as enrollment will average only about 10 million people this year. This means that CBO’s last projection of exchange enrollment before the exchanges opened overshot actual 2016 enrollment by 120 percent.

Predicting the future just has too many variables to do so accurately. We shouldn't accept it as gospel. If we did we would be deferring too much power and authority to unelected bureaucrats. This is actually a good time to be critical and question illegitimate authority. There are other sort of expertise and analysis that is going into the senate healthcare bill. Once the ACA is implemented we can always update it or change it if things go awry. Right now the PPACA is imploding and we are going to see less choices as more insurers drop out of the market and a rise in premiums year after year. Many people have insurance just to avoid the fine but the deductibles are so high they can't use it.

There were winners and losers in the PPACA. The medical device industry was a very blatant loser because they got hit with an industry specific tax. Some industries got more business because people were forced to buy their product. The biggest issues are the impact it has on entrepreneurship which I think is critical to a healthy economy. Without new businesses the old guard becomes complacent and we will see less innovation and competition. The private sector is essential to provide the goods the government purchases and to pay the taxes the government uses.
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