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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-13-09 03:15 PM
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16. This won't hurt the working poor but it will piss off a lot of middle class voters
All the proposals under considerations subsidize insurance for people at the poverty level but the subsidies are phased out at 400% FPL (about $44K a year for an individual and $88K for a family of 4). They allow for people at 400% FPL to pay up to 12% of their income on premiums alone. Max Baucus' proposal is so atrocious that a family of 4 making $67K a year could conceivably pay over $20K a year out of pocket for health care. If what passes looks anything like that it's not going to look like "reform" to a lot of people and we will lose them to the Republicans. And when the GOP takes over, what do you suppose will happen to the subsidies to the poor?
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