Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 8:00am

The Trumpster Fire (3-7-17)

The Trumpster Fire: Daily Gallup, 3-7-17

GALLUP DAILY: Real Unemployment 9.4% (+0.2) | Gallup Good Jobs 44.7% (-0.1) | Engaged at Work 33.0% (-0.4) | Economic Confidence 17 (-2) | Consumer Spending $106 (+2) | Trump Approval 44% (+1)

Liveblogging the Trump presidency, one catastrophe at a time.

Today’s big news is probably going to be the House GOP’s gawdawful replacement proposal for the ACA. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in their proposal:

  • Some of Obamacare’s signature features are gone immediately, such as the tax on people who don’t purchase health care.
  • The plan maintains the Medicaid expansion, for now. It ends in 2020.
  • The replacement plan benefits people who are healthy and high-income, and disadvantages those who are sicker and lower-income.
  • The bill looks a lot more like Obamacare than previous drafts.
  • The AHCA bans discrimination against those with preexisting conditions, but charges more to people who have a break in coverage.
  • The AHCA would let insurers charge older enrollees more.
  • The AHCA provides tax credits for the individual market that would benefit high-income Americans.
  • AHCA kills a new tax on employer-sponsored coverage, but keeps Obamacare taxes around for a year.
  • The GOP Obamacare replacement defunds Planned Parenthood and restricts abortion coverage.
  • The House GOP didn’t include a way to actually pay for the AHCA.

I snagged these bullet points from three articles on Vox, here, here and here. I highly recommend reading those articles for the details.

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