You know a plan is destructive when those of Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz look relatively humane … “‘Empowering Patients’ [sic] makes insurance better for people who are young and healthy. It makes insurance worse for people who are old and sick … “Empowering Patients repeals Medicaid expansion without any replacement Some RPB replacement plans have begun to look at ways to preserve parts of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which now covers millions of low-income Americans. Ryan’s ‘Better Way’ [sic] plan allows states that have already expanded Medicaid to continue running the expansion program, although the federal government would provide significantly less funding for it. Cruz’s Health Care Choice Act goes even further, leaving Medicaid expansion totally untouched. It’s easy to see why: Medicaid is one of the big reasons that Obamacare has pushed the uninsured rate to an all-time low. More than 15 million Americans have enrolled on Medicaid since the expansion began in 2014. Ending Medicaid expansion would mean disrupting and possibly ending coverage for most of those people. But Price’s proposal mentions nothing about replacing the Medicaid program. Those people would become eligible for tax credits, and have the opportunity to purchase coverage on the private market. But given that these are people who are right around or just above the poverty line — those eligible for Medicaid expansion earn less than $16,394 — they could easily find that the premiums in the private market are prohibitively expensive.”
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services Secretary, already has a plan for how to abolish Obamacare.