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After assault accusations, How to Get Low-Cost Health Insurance for Life

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'After a tumultuous nine months of seeing his stellar reputation as a lawmaker and Iraq War veteran tarnished by sexual assault and domestic violence allegations, state Rep. Nick Miccarelli is about to leave his House seat with a generous benefits package intact. He and 22 other departing House members this year who served 10 years or more – will receive medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance for the rest of their lives. Their current or future children can receive them as well until they reach 26 years old…The annual cost to taxpayers will be $27,641 for his and his wife’s health benefits. Additionally, Miccarelli is eligible for a state pension. Based on ballpark estimates calculated by PennLive, the maximum annual annuity he would receive is $32,311, assuming he doesn’t retire before the age of 50. ''

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We working class Americans get only abuse. The latest:

People who earn too much to qualify for financial assistance for policies purchased through the A.C.A.'s health insurance exchanges or directly from insurers five million now enrolled, including three to four million enrolled off-exchange will pay for that sabotage in higher premiums. (Another nearly five million are uninsured and priced out of the market.) In the graphic below, I estimate how much more these unsubsidized enrollees will have to lay out in 2019 than they would have if not for the Trump administration's actions.

Its sabotage efforts in 2018 included cutting off subsidy reimbursement payments for low-income enrollees (the cost of which insurers pass along to unsubsidized consumers), slashing the marketing budget by 90 percent and gouging the outreach-assistance budget by 40 percent. Next year will have those plus the repeal of the individual mandate and the expansion of non-Obamacare-compliant policies that don't include the law's patient protections.

These moves siphon off healthy enrollees, damaging the A.C.A. "risk pool," so that its customers tend to be sicker and more expensive to carriers. In setting their premiums, many insurers specifically point to these actions as reasons for rate increases.

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We the working people take another hit, when BIG$-Pharma, settles for chump change after more than 220,000Americans died from overdoses involving prescription painkillers.

" Forcing the opioid industry to reveal the truth will likely take years, but it could prevent a similar catastrophe in the future. Just as important, forcing out those truths will serve as a measure of justice for those most deeply affected by one of the biggest public health catastrophes of the 21st century."

"An uncomfortable truth that public officials and plaintiffs' lawyers, by failing to use lawsuits to hold the opioid industry to account, have allowed a containable crisis to mushroom into catastrophe. Repeatedly, they ended lawsuits quickly for the sake of political and financial expediency rather than digging out information that would have alerted the public to the dangers of these drugs."

"Consider the case of Florida, which in 2001 became one of the first states to investigate Purdue Pharma.state investigators interviewed only a single former OxyContin sales representative, and Mr. Butterworth, who was running for a State Senate seat, ended the case soon after it was filed."

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