Repealing the individual mandate was a great first step in getting rid of the catastrophic mess that is Obamacare. But there is much more work to be done because the residuals of the failed healthcare plan are still affecting millions of Americans.
The left, however, still want to pull it out of the fire. And how do they want to save their beloved socialized medical health plan? With more of your money, of course.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is pushing for major changes to an agreement on an ObamaCare fix, including an expansion of subsidies under the health-care law.
Murray, who is leading negotiations for Senate Democrats on the issue, wants to increase the ObamaCare tax credits that help people afford coverage, according to a Senate Democratic aide. That would be a significant expansion of ObamaCare that could help make premiums more affordable for many people.
The changes are a major step beyond the original deal between her and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), which would have mainly restored separate payments to insurers that President Trumpcanceled last year.
Murray wants to both make the subsidies more generous for people who currently qualify for them, and expand eligibility so that people who currently make too much income to qualify would now be eligible for subsidies, the aide said.
… The Democratic aide called for “substantially expanding and increasing Affordable Care Act subsidies (including both tax credits and out-of-pocket cost reductions) to help more people afford coverage and to offset Republican premium spikes.”
Murray also wants to take steps to restore outreach funding to sign people up, which Trump cut, and to block the Trump administration from regulatory moves that create skimpier, cheaper insurance plans that Democrats fear will siphon healthy people away from the ObamaCare marketplaces.
That’s not going to happen but nice try, anyway. In the future look for even more repeals to the Obamacare disaster.
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