Those placed at highest risk under these provisions, according to Fiedler, are non-elderly adults with incomes below 138 percent of the poverty, particularly those without kids.” Many of these childless adults” — adults without dependent children — are not actually childless but aging parents whose children are grown and do not live at home.
John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado, a Democrat who is part of a group of seven governors who have been outspoken about their discomfort with the legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, said he expected an even larger bloc of the state chief executives to voice their unease about the proposal after the annual summer gathering of the governors concludes here this weekend.
Those rules included drafting errors as well as other features that soon drew criticism, but with Republicans prepared to filibuster any regular legislation and the Byrd Rule barring any correctives through reconciliation bills, the Democrats could not fix them and paid the price in public support.
Even allowing for the fact that Republicans will be ashamed and embarrassed if, after seven years, of promising to repeal and replace” they were to do nothing, it is difficult to understand why the shame of voting for so egregious and contemptible a piece of legislation did not cause more of them to find it impossible to vote for it.
If we wanted to increase household savings further, a maintenance of effort policy, or obligation to continue some portion of their existing health care spending, could be imposed on employers who will see their profits rise substantially when health care costs are dropped from their ledgers.