Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:38 PM
Republicans' health bill takes $600 billion out of health care to cut taxes for the rich
The American Health Care Act that House Republicans passed today has a lot of provisions that are worth trying to learn about and understand.
But there's one provision that is far more important than all the rest: It cuts taxes by $600 billion and nonetheless reduces the deficit.
There are a lot of reasons you might want to cut taxes. But cutting taxes doesn't provide more people with health insurance. Cutting taxes doesn't lower premiums and deductibles for the insured. Cutting taxes doesn't help protect people with preexisting conditions. Cutting taxes doesn't bolster the long-term fiscal viability of Medicare. Cutting taxes doesn't give patients more choice of doctors or insurance plans. Cutting taxes doesn't improve preventive health or boost search for cures.
Cutting taxes, in short, doesn't do anything to improve the quality of health care in the United States of America.
And we're not talking about a small amount of money. It works out to approximately $5,000 worth of tax cuts per household. Except most households aren't going to see their taxes cut at all because of which taxes the AHCA cuts.
- It eliminates a 3.8 percent tax that applied to capital gains, dividend, and interest income for families with $250,000 or more in income ($125,000 for singles).
- It eliminates a 0.9 percent tax on wage income in excess of $250,000 a year ($200,000 for unmarried people).
- It eliminates taxes on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers.
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02/2010 Gleevec 400mg
2011 Two weakly positives, PCRU, weakly positive
2012 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU
2013 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, weakly positive
2014 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU (12/07 began dose reduction w/each continuing PCRU)
2015 300, 250, 200, 150
2016 100, 50/100, 100, 10/17 TFR
2017 01/17 TFR, 04/18 TFR, 07/18 TFR 0.0012, 08/29 TFR 0.001, 10/17 TFR 0.000
2018 01/16 TFR 0.0004 ... next quarterly PCR 04/17
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In hindsight I should have started my dosage reduction two years earlier; it might have helped minimize some of the longterm cumulative toxic effects of TKIs that I am beset with.
longterm side-effects Peripheral Artery Disease - legs (it's a bitch); continuing shoulder problems, right elbow inflammation. GFR and creatinine vastly improved after stopping Gleevec.
Cumulative Gleevec dosage estimated at 830 grams
Taking Gleevec 400mg an hour after my largest meal of the day helped eliminate the nausea that Gleevec is notorious for.
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