How Do You Pay For Pre-Existing Conditions? The GOP Plans To Charge More (... So Much More That Tens Of Millions Of Americans Won't Be Able To Afford Insurance)
The Gist: Although statistics vary, the insurance industry -- prior to Obamacare -- denied health coverage to between 9 and 25 million Americans.
Another demographic demonstrates that half of Americans say they cannot afford a monthly health insurance premium greater than $100.00.
More Than Half Of Americans Say they Can't Afford To Pay Over $100.00 Per Month For Insurance
Since there are 248,000,000 adult Americans in the overall U.S. population of 325, 000,000, and 50% can't afford more than $100.00 a month for insurance, we find that at least 120,000,000 Americans cannot afford "open market" insurance worthy of the name.
However, since 56% of Americans are insured through work, perhaps 53,000,000 Americans - without benefit of employer insurance - cannot afford decent health insurance.
Add to this a minimum of 10,000,000 citizens who are denied coverage for pre-existing conditions and 63,000,000 Americans - just under one in five (19.4%) - cannot secure proper coverage. (This figure is very close to the percentage of uninsured Americans - 18.3% - just before Obamacare. Last year, that percentage declined to 10.3% and, according to the trendline, the current percentage is even lower.)
According to Fox News, Trumpcare would cause 14,000,000 Americans to lose coverage by 2018 and another 10,000,000 would lose coverage by 2026. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/13/budget-analysis-obamacare-repeal-would-result-in-millions-more-uninsured.html
In effect, Trumpcare provides de facto guarantee that the swelling ranks of uninsured Americans will be subject to "free market" death panels which, by their pay-to-play nature, means that tens of thousands of Americans will die annually for lack of health insurance.
When Harvard last probed the Free Market's de facto death panels, here's what they learned:
New Study Finds 45,000 Deaths Annually Linked To Lack Of Health Coverage
Uninsured, working-age Americans have 40 percent higher death risk than privately insured counterparts