Democrats send email to supporters: Dem healthcare plan would allow tax credits to pay for health insurance

The idea of a refundable tax credit that could be used to pay for health insurance was widely proposed as a way to stabilize health care premiums for individuals under the Affordable Care Act…

Democrats send email to supporters: Dem healthcare plan would allow tax credits to pay for health insurance

The idea of a refundable tax credit that could be used to pay for health insurance was widely proposed as a way to stabilize health care premiums for individuals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Republicans embraced it in 2010 to try to persuade enough moderate Democrats to vote for the bill, but the House Republican leadership ultimately rejected it.

On Tuesday, the Democrats’ base emailed supporters, pleading with them to stop supporting the health care plan and instead demand some type of tax relief that would offset the cost of the refundable tax credit.

“Instead of paid-for health care, we are told the Democrats’ ‘stabilization plan’ will artificially lower costs,” the email said. “But prices go up for everyone. They say you need to expand Medicaid. That will only cost you hundreds of billions.”

Asked about the email’s reference to the tax cut, Democratic spokesman Josh Schwerin said “we’ve already identified a refundable credit for ACA Americans.”

Schwerin said the Democrats’ healthcare plan wouldn’t allow insurers to turn people away because of their health status, something Republicans have also said would be a tax break for the rich.

Republicans have said that refundable tax credits, among other things, made their current reform proposal more affordable.

Schwerin said that is true: “There are a whole lot of middle class, working families who have struggled under the Trump administration,” he said. “Allowing them to pay a lower tax rate would help them afford the coverage they need.”

While the Democratic healthcare plan would expand Medicaid coverage, Republicans say that would be a new entitlement program, while Democrats say it’s a transition to make the program more efficient.

Notably, the Democrats’ healthcare plan would likely also require hospitals and other providers to cover some of the cost of care that goes to older adults. The Republicans’ plan would not.

Schwerin said the Democrats’ healthcare plan aims to “provide healthcare that all Americans, regardless of who they are or where they live, can afford.”

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