Why is this charging premiums at all instead of just being zero out of pocket costs paid for by taxes. twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status

Ok lets look at the meat here.

For families with income up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), premiums would be zero. Well thats something at least.

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Looking more. Whats this bullshit about "competitive bidding" on plans? Sounds like bullshit tbh

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Ill dig more into this when i get back and look at it with my policy goggles

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Ok this wants to make CHIP federal so states cant ignore it anymore, thats something.

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"All individuals in the United States would be automatically eligible for Medicare Extra. " ok thats a good thing

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"Newborns and individuals turning age 65 would be automatically enrolled in Medicare Extra. This auto-enrollment ensures that Medicare Extra would continue to increase in enrollment over time." ok also good

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Ok enrollment costs are taken out on your tax returns. So it is tax paid. Alright.

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"the Center for Medicare Extra would set deductibles, copayments, and out-of-pocket limits that would vary by income. For individuals with income below 150 percent of FPL and lower-income families with incomes above that threshold, the deductible would be set at zero.

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Preventive care, recommended treatment for chronic disease, and generic drugs would be free."

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"With the exception of employer-sponsored insurance, private insurance companies would be prohibited from duplicating Medicare Extra benefits" hahahahahahahah thats fucking savage

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"but they could offer complementary benefits during an open enrollment period. Complementary insurance would be subject to a limitation on profits and banned from denying applicants, varying premiums based on age or health status, excluding pre-existing conditions,

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They will actually have bargaining power over prescription drugs thats good

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@Laurelai The CfAP seems to be pretty solidly actual-progressive, from what I can tell. sourcewatch.org/index.php/Cent

So, maybe this should be one of several litmus tests in the upcoming election: "Do you support at least this plan, if not some form of universal free healthcare?"

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