A House Republican is telling his constituents that they are going to have to spend more money, and have less health care after the GOP repeals Obamacare.
Video of Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) explaining that people are going to have to use less health care and spend more money after Obamacare is repealed:
Huizenga says more responsibility needs to shift to the shoulders of patients to reduce costs. One way to do that is having them pay a bigger share of their medical expenses by increasing their insurance deductibles and incentivizing them to use HSAs, health savings accounts, to sock away pre-tax money to pay medical bills.
“At some point or another we have to be responsible or have a part of the responsibility of what is going on,” Huizenga said. “Way too often, people pull out their insurance card and they say ‘I don’t know the difference or cost between an X-ray or an MRI or CT Scan.’ I might make a little different decision if I did know (what) some of those costs were and those costs came back to me.”
What Huizenga is really talking about is giving people less access to healthcare, and the care that they have will cost them more money. This is a system that worked great for rich people but led to an epidemic of Americans without health insurance.
The Congressman used the example of taking his son to the doctor’s office instead of the emergency room when he broke his arm, which is a great idea unless you don’t have health insurance, then good luck finding a primary care physician that will see you or your son. People with no health insurance end up going to very expensive walk-in clinics or emergency rooms, not because they are lazy with their healthcare choices, or wasteful, but because they have no choice.
Republicans are making it very clear that their goal is to make sure that they want to go back to a healthcare system where a medical emergency could kill or bankrupt you or your loved ones.
Elections have consequences and thousands of Americans will either die or be financially destroyed because a little more than 100,000 voters in three states put Donald Trump in the White House.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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