The Democrats seem to think they have a winning reason for people "not" to vote Republican in 2020 (and beyond) as a result of the repeal of ObamaCare. Because of this, they are willing to make up all kinds of lies in order to gin up support for keeping the ACA.
Bernie Sanders said 36,000 people a year would die with the repeal/replacement of ObamaCare. The Washington Post said this about that:
Then, there's this from Nancy Pelosi. According to her, 17 million children have pre-existing conditions that would result in denial of coverage. First of all, that number represents 24% of the 70 million children in the country. Does anyone think that one-out-of-every-four children in America will become uninsured? Again, the Washington Post had to set the record straight by saying that it is more likely that only 4 million children have pre-existing conditions.
But, understand, there is a difference between having a pre-existing condition like ADHD and having an extremely serious condition that would warrant being uninsurable. Healthcare economist John C. Goodman stated in an interview with CNBC, that before ObamaCare went into effect, the percentage of uninsured was just 1%. Thus, Nancy Pelosi's 17 million would be further whittled down to 700,000.
The same goes for Representative Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, who is claiming 129 million people with pre-existing conditions would be hurt (I guess financially) by TrumpCare. Again, this is another gross exaggeration that had to be called out by the Washington Post, and to which the 1% rule (noted above) would be applied. The "Post" says the number is more like 50 million who will have negative impacts on their insurance. Further, only about 3 million may find themselves uninsurable.
The word "might" is highlighted because the GOP House healthcare bill addresses pre-existing conditions with risk pools. People who would have higher insurance rates would be placed in risk pools that would be partially funded by the Federal Government to keep their costs down. In addition, the GOP healthcare bill mandates that no one can be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Those who don't have pre-existing conditions, should have their insurance costs reduced as a result of not having to pay for those with high healthcare costs due to long-term care for those pre-existing conditions.
I could go on and on about all the lies being told. But, people dying and pre-existing conditions seem to be at he forefront of the Democrat's effort to save ObamaCare. Other related issues will be addressed in later blog posts.
Fact Checker: Bernie Sanders’s claim that ‘36,000 people will die yearly’ if Obamacare is repealed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/14/bernie-sanderss-claim-that-36000-people-will-die-yearly-if-obamacare-is-repealed/?utm_term=.9fd97e7078a6
Democrats' grim prognosis on GOP health bill: 'People will die': http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-grim-prognosis-on-gop-health-bill-people-will-die/article/2622207
Pre-Existing Conditions: Evaluating Competing Claims: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/health-care-fact-check-preexisting-conditions.html
Pre-existing condition figures 'nonsense' — here's how to address it, author says: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/04/pre-existing-condition-figures-nonsense--heres-how-to-address-it-author-says.html