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WASHINGTON — A formal draft of the House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act leaked out on Friday.

The final version is likely to be different — how much different, it’s hard to say. The draft obtained by Politico is dated two weeks ago, and rumors have been swirling here that Republicans received an unfavorable analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, the official scorekeepers on the cost and coverage implications of legislation.


But this is nonetheless an important milestone — real legislative text, prepared with an eye toward the complex parliamentary procedures needed to pass ACA repeal with only Republican votes, and presumably with the endorsement of House leadership.

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  • we have the ability to save ssi, ssdi ,medicare ,Medicaid., and cover every man woman and child with equal healthcare . all we need to do is : A. adjust the standard deduction withheld from the net earnings portion of EVERY PERSON earning a wage in the U S of A. NO EXCEPTIONS , no loopholes , no shelters for the wealthy or ways to get around the deduction be reinvesting before taxes are taken .. keep the government out of the private sector and keep the insurance companies , doctors hospitals , and special interests out of legislation .social security has been needing to be overhauled for decades now ,so why not have the treasury department create an internal agency that would combine both since healthcare and social security are really hand in hand all through life! a study could be done ,but I believe that a standard deduction taken out of the gross of every individuals earnings of somewhere between six to eight percent to be withheld in a private department of the treasury and overs sought by the I R S ,with special legislation that no other entity be allowed access to the principle and interest for any reason other than healthcare and social security , [ssdi ,medicare and Medicaid ] ,not even an act of war or a major disaster , monies can not be accessed by any entity , not for any reason as ssi monies were raided in the past we would not be in this position right now. yes it is complicated , but it is not rocket science . the rich need to stop making healthcare and social security look like it is sooo hard because the want to get their hands on the entitlements of the middle class and the poor .and wall street needs to be told to stop eyeing up money they have no right to even look at. social security would be fine ,even have a surplus if politicians were not allowed to raid it like they have in the past . how soon we have forgotten and history will repeat itself if America does not wake up .

    • Where is the equity in only taxing the working for a single payer system? Why would anyone work if they can get SSI, unemployment and health care on the dole. A more reasonable and fair approach is to tax purchases, all purchases. Everyone buys and that way everyone supports the health system.
      As to no input from hospitals and physicians that is a bong dream.

  • We need to vote these narrow minded, short sighted people out of office. They want to build a wall for 25 billion but can’t take care of all Americans. 10% increase in military spending but nearly nothing for us on Social Security.

    • SSI number is used for many things. Taxes, identification as a citizen for the USA, SSI death benefits, Medicare / Medicaid and the list goes on.
      Unfortunately, not all states are created equal nor value humanity, compassion, or even have a balanced budget. The state I live in a person has to be beyond poor conditions to be on MEDICAID as the State didn’t take the ACA when it was offered because of Obama.
      Now imagine having quality healthcare 24/7 regardless of wage class for yourself, family, friends, and not lose your home or capital as we are all human that needs not want healthcare? More millenials are steering clear from home ownership as College Loans are equivalent to a mortgage without arriving to a quality job to pay the College loan that is also tied to the SSI number that a student can not default on. In Sweden, a student receives free college.
      We The People keep telling ourselves this is the greatest country in Earth yet other countries are far more advanced and you don’t have to lose or borrow for basic human needs nor wait.

  • How about letting consumers decide what health benefits they want their insurance to cover? The idea that my state representatives will mandate the benefits I must have is offensive. Let me decide what I spend my money on.

    • Unfortunately, it would take lots of money to pay the lobbyists who own our State and Federal Congress to pay as you go type healthcare to work.
      Funny, their healthcare is better than ours and free.
      The last part, unless you truly know your DNA codes and what illness or accidents you can predict, let me know. Variables happen and I can tell you Sweden has a great healthcare system while the USA is the only country on Earth that does not provide healthcare to the SSI card holding citizens. Capitalism is over riding the human needs.

  • If these imbeciles get this passed are they going to be covered under the same rules or do they still get lifetime coverage at the taxpayers expense? If not it is long past time for a Constitutional Amendment that Congress shall pass no law the affects the American citizens that does not equally affect them!

  • Wow! The states decide what is funded? The states don’t have a balanced budget nor can pay for teachers or have poor financial ratings.
    This is a train wreck for a rough draft!

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