Oh yeah, here we go.
Jeb! Bush came out with his proposed health care plan for America this week.
Spoiler Alert: Let's Kill Obamacare!
Jeb! has failed to notice, like the rest of his party, that people like the ACA because it's saving lives and the rate of the uninsured has gone down since it was implemented. In short, it's made dying harder. So naturally, Jeb! says that needs to end, and he's just the man to end it, even though more than 50 votes to repeal it in Washington haven't done the trick.
As with most of the proposed GOP fairy dust, Jeb's plan isn't big on details, but the few he's shared show that it's really just the same plan they've always called for: going back to the old ways before the ACA. Repeal the law and replace it with...zip.
For instance, when Jeb! recently said he thought we spent too much on women's health care, he wasn't kidding. It wasn't a "gaffe." Before the ACA, just being a woman was a pre-existing condition. Post-ACA, those women, along with anyone else with a pre-existing condition, are covered and can literally breath easier. Jeb! wants to end that, and take away your choices and put them back in the hands of insurance companies. Because that worked so well for decades.
Bush emphasized Tuesday that if elected president, he would scrap the Affordable Care Act and “all of its mandates” — including those that prevent discrimination against women and those with pre-existing conditions. He also hinted at getting rid of the law’s provision making all forms of birth control available cost-free, saying, “One of the most egregious things [about Obamacare] is that you’re forced to do things against your own conscience. We’ll get rid of that.” Since it took effect in 2012, the birth control mandate has saved women hundreds of dollars per year and has aided the drop in unplanned pregnancies, which are a financial burden on individual families and the overall economy.
With insurance companies re-empowered to refuse to cover pregnant women and cancer patients, Bush’s plan would “encourage” — but not require — “states to guarantee access for those with pre-existing conditions and to make affordable health plans available in their states.”
And speaking of throwing choices back to the states, Jeb's plan would be the gift that keeps on giving to states that chose not to expand Medicaid, like Florida. His plan would end the Medicaid program and allow states to privatize it, which Bush did in Florida, causing the uninsured rates to skyrocket, a plan that Rick Scott has "improved on" since.
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