Local reaction to health care legislation score mixed

Reaction in Georgia to the score by the Congressional Budget Office of the revised American Health Care Act was decidedly mixed.


U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga., said the score was proof his vote in support of it showed he was doing what his constituents wanted him to do.

“Some Georgians in the 12th District have only one choice when it comes to insurance providers – and often not the choice they want,” Allen said. “Enough is enough. I promised my constituents that I would vote to repeal and replace Obamacare and nearly a month ago, my colleagues and I passed the American Health Care Act. Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that this legislation will lower premiums and lower the deficit. I am proud to have supported the American Health Care Act and urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly to end this Obamacare train wreck.”

Cindy Zeldin of Georgians for a Healthy Future, who estimated the previous version of the bill would cut coverage for more than a half-million people in the state, said the score showed this version was not an improvement.

“This legislation would crush consumers by destabilizing insurance markets, eliminating critical protections, and forcing too many Georgians into the ranks of the uninsured and underinsured,” she said. “Congress should go back to the drawing board and take time to craft responsible health care legislation that helps, not harms, consumers.”

While the CBO estimated it would leave 23 million more uninsured in 2026 than the current law, which would be 51 million uninsured by that date, the proposed legislation would generally lower premiums, in part because insurers would likely cover less services. And the impact on premiums would depend on whether a state elected to opt out of requiring policies cover certain services, such as maternity care or substance abuse treatment.

States could also elect to forgo what is known as community-rating and allow insurers to charge less healthy and older people much higher premiums, according to the report. The difference by 2026 for someone living in a state that elected not to adopt those waivers could mean net annual premiums, after the subsidy, of $1,750 for someone aged 21 versus $16,100 for some aged 64, for an income of $26,500, according to a table included in the report.

The older person’s premium would be more than nine times higher than they would pay under current law, according to that calculation. Someone living in a state that chose to adopt a “moderate changes” would pay less, according to the report: $1,250 for a 21-year-old and $13,600 for a 64-year-old.


Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.

Jayce James 5 months ago
Are you a woman of child-bearing age? Can't afford a $1,000 premium hike per month for maternity care?
The average abortion is $500.
In states waiving Essential Health Benefits, insurers expected to charge $1,000/month for maternity care.

217 Republicans voted for that.
William O. Darby 5 months ago
"217 Republicans voted for that"
As  well they should have.

On the other hand, if the Republicans would just decide to sit it out, OzBamaCare will self destruct on it's own and people will be begging to Congress to come up with something. ANYTHING!

The worst thing Congress can possibly do is keep feeding the OzBamaCare pig until the treasury runs dry. After all, BHO promised us it was gonna be "affordable" and that premiums were gonna come DOWN.  Instead, no one can afford it, premiums are skyrocketing, and insurance companies are bailing out. (They are in business to make a profit, not to go broke.)

Nancy said we had to wait until HER side's bill passed to find out what was in it. She never read it and I'm betting she still has no idea what's in it.
Johnny Rio 5 months ago
Pay your own way. There is no free lunch or health care. Not hard to comprehend.
Roland SASSER 5 months ago
Jayce, How much does birth control cost? If you are too stupid and or lazy to protect yourself, don't expect me to pay for it.
Karen Goodwin 5 months ago
Birth control pills are very expensive.  It has nothing to do with stupid or lazy.  My goodness you are quick to judge.  Try being a woman for a month and see how much your life would improve ( not)  A typical white male with privilege.
Karen Goodwin 5 months ago
And, birth control pills are not 100% effective.  Why don't you take responsibility?
Jayce James 5 months ago
When an abortion is $500 and maternity care is $1000 EXTRA per month, the GOP is not the pro-life party.
Roland SASSER 5 months ago


        I did a quick search on birth control cost. 80 % of all insurance plans cover birth control pills with a copay of a whopping $5 - 15 for a month supply. Without insurance, it's a typical $20 - 50 a month. That's a hell of a lot cheaper than $500 of other's peoples money.

"Why don't you take responsibility?"  Last time I checked, it takes two to tango!

"A typical white male with privilege." I'm not a privileged individual, but I do take responsibility for my actions. Obviously we are talking about women who don't take responsibility!


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