upallnight wrote:The Senate has stripped away the Obamacare mandate. This very good news.
Eliminating the mandate is projected to increase the uninsured rolls by 13 million in 2019 & 27 million by 2024. In the meantime cost will be shifted to the working and middle class who will pay higher premiums.
Any tax benefit the working and middle class get initially, will go away with the premium increases and limited tax subsidy (if those subsidies aren’t further limited or eliminated altogether). They’re likely to be the first thing to go when the dust settles.
Cost shifting is the only way to pay for the high dollar medical care, the uninsured going to emergency rooms receives. Lack of medical care results in increased ER visits and longer hospital confinements. Conditions that could be managed with a visit to the doctors become at minimum complicated, or worse catastrophic.