Limbaugh’s Side-By-Side Comparison Of Obamacare vs GOP Health Care Bill

RUSH: Let’s get to some of the details of this bill. And this is in as simple language and explanation as I can make it. It’s a side-by-side comparison of what was in Obamacare and what’s changing, what’s being kept, and what’s being removed. Now, under Obamacare, the individual mandate requires people who can afford it to go out and buy health insurance. This House Republican bill repeals that. Kind of. Kind of.

Because there is a caveat.

It is repealed. However, there are penalties in the House bill, the Republican bill, if you don’t have insurance. Well, they’re not penalties. The penalties that are in Obamacare would disappear. The change is that if you go uninsured for more than 63 days, you will have to pay a 30% surcharge on your premium when you get insurance. This is said to be an incentive designed to encourage people to maintain insurance coverage. So while they’re repealing the individual mandate and repealing the penalties, they are replacing that with a proviso that you can’t go longer than two months without coverage.

Well, you can. But if you do, you’re going to have a 30% surcharge added to your premium when you do get a policy. Now, some are going to think this is a distinction without a difference. You say you’re repealing the individual mandate and repealing penalties, but then there’s a penalty here if you don’t have insurance. You can go 63 days without having a policy, and then if you do do that, when you finally sign up and get insurance, you have a 30% surcharge on your premium. Now, they think the employer is going to bear the brunt of this.

One-hundred-and-fifty-nine million people get their insurance through their employer’s bill. One of the Obamacare objectives was to add on to that, and they were not able to make that happen fast enough. But getting off your enrollment at your company would automatically direct you to an exchange or to government single-payer. That’s where they wanted Obamacare to go. Employer mandate. “In Obamacare, the employer mandate required larger companies to provide affordable insurance to their employees.”

That has been repealed totally, and that’s it. So employers no longer are required to provide “affordable insurance” to their employees. “But that’s not good, Rush!” Well, it’s going to work out because as job creation happens and employment ramps up, the competition for employees is going to result, and employers will sweeten the pot on the benefits side as incentives to people to sign up. So that, theoretically, will work out.


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