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AARP is strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA)
Proposed Health Care Law Hammers People Over 50

How can a 64-year-old making $26,500 a year afford to have his health care premiums jump from $1,700 to $14,600 a year (a whopping 758 percent increase)? He can’t.

That’s the reason AARP is strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and why we’re doubling down on efforts to stop it in its tracks.

It’s an outrage that anyone in the U.S. Congress could expect people over age 50 to pay thousands more for health coverage. Even more outrageous? The fact that the very same bill gives big pharmaceutical firms and large insurance companies a massive $200 billion tax break.

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http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/adv...miums.html
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RE: AARP is strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA)
I'm not arguing with your basic point but I would point out that AARP isn't an objective source and does not always look out for the best interests of seniors.

AARP makes the majority of its income from selling Medigap policies. Those are the policies that someone on traditional Medicare would use to pay for the 20% that Medicare doesn't cover.

The chief competitor to Medigap is the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, that is now selected by a third of all Medicare recipients. Anyone on Medicare Advantage( moi included ) has no need for Medigap. So when the original Obamacare was set to drastically reduce the MA program (it was the $750 billion Medicare savings that Obamacare projected) there was a deafening silence from AARP. They weren't at all concerned that a third of all seniors could lose their chosen Medicare because it would likely improve AARP's bottom line.

So once again, you should follow the money.
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The AARP basically got on their knees and blew Obama and Obamacare, which caused them to bleed members.
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RE: AARP is strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA)
The projected cost in the article are fact. 50 to 64 year olds are out. No coverage. That's $1100 per month for a single person. Many red states go blue next election.
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The CBO analysis found that premiums would rise 20 percent to 25 percent for a 64-year-old. That means premiums for a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would increase by $12,900 in 2026, from $1,700 to $14,600. That puts health insurance out of reach for far too many.
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AARP is not an unbiased resource. They have major skin in the game and will suffer huge blows with health insurance reforms. They are looking out for numero uno...their organization.
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(03-18-2017 09:33 AM)mptnstr@44 Wrote:  AARP is not an unbiased resource. They have major skin in the game and will suffer huge blows with health insurance reforms. They are looking out for numero uno...their organization.

I'm not sure I'm seeing anything in the Ryan/Trump proposal that would hurt the AARP very much.
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(03-18-2017 09:27 AM)ODU BLUE Wrote:  The CBO analysis found that premiums would rise 20 percent to 25 percent for a 64-year-old. That means premiums for a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would increase by $12,900 in 2026, from $1,700 to $14,600. That puts health insurance out of reach for far too many.

I have no comment other than to say $1,700 to $14,000 is not a representation of a 20-25% increase. That represents a 700% increase. Unless they are saying a 25% increase per year for the next 9 years. I don't feel like doing that math.
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(03-18-2017 09:38 AM)BatonRougeEscapee Wrote:  
(03-18-2017 09:27 AM)ODU BLUE Wrote:  The CBO analysis found that premiums would rise 20 percent to 25 percent for a 64-year-old. That means premiums for a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would increase by $12,900 in 2026, from $1,700 to $14,600. That puts health insurance out of reach for far too many.

I have no comment other than to say $1,700 to $14,000 is not a representation of a 20-25% increase. That represents a 700% increase. Unless they are saying a 25% increase per year for the next 9 years. I don't feel like doing that math.

I don't have the report in front of me...
only going off of the wording included above...

"The CBO analysis found that premiums would rise 20 percent to 25 percent for a 64-year-old."

Clarity on the timeframe is required... is if 20-25% increase annually?
or total increase of 20-25% over the 9 year period?

Is this part: "That means premiums for a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would increase by $12,900 in 2026, from $1,700 to $14,600." directly out of the CBO report or is that the AARP interpretation?

The AARP math would indicate a 25% increase per year but that isn't what the CBO analysis as included said...it says a 20 to 25% increase. No "per year" included.

If it is a 20-25% increase over 9 years that is <3% per year (basically COL) in increases, increase about $50-60 annually and in 9 years would cost: roughly $2200-2300.

If the AARP is an extrapolation not included in the report...I wonder if they are misinterpreting the report… to scare seniors.
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