Despite being considered an “expert” on the Obamacare replacement, Paul Ryan does not understand a very basic concept of insurance.
Ryan continues to push for his Obamacare replacement, but he still just doesn’t understand why healthy individuals are paying into an insurance pot that’s used when people are sick.
People took to Twitter to mock his lack of understanding of the insurance industry while purporting to be an expert.
The Huffington Post reported everyone pays into the pot and draws on it when they’re sick. Younger people, who tend to be healthier than older people, pay for health insurance like everyone else. They’ll rely on it when when they need it, probably more when they’re older and there are younger, healthier people filing in behind them. It’s the same with car insurance. Some people pay for decades and never get into an accident and never collect on their coverage (though the likelihood of anyone never using health insurance is unlikely).
That’s what actuarial figures are all about, so an insurance system can assess the risks of segments of customers to determine what everyone needs to put into the pot so there’s enough to pay out when someone needs the money.
Ryan seems to believe that concept was something specific to Obamacare. “The conceit of Obamacare,” he said at his press conference on Trumpcare, is that “young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for the older, sicker people.” That’s why Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” he noted.
Here are some of the Twitter responses to Ryan’s strange comments:
But that is literally how insurance works…. https://t.co/0tvFpXgaV1
— Alyssa Miller (@alyjo85) March 9, 2017
Paul Ryan says insurance can’t work if healthy must pay more to subsidize the sick. But this is exactly what happens in every employer plan.
— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) March 9, 2017
@CitizenCohn it’s what happens in any insured situation. I’ve paid auto insurance for 40 years. Never had an accident, never had a ticket.
— David Ballard (@dvdbllrd) March 9, 2017
Wait wait wait this is literally how insurance works. https://t.co/Bf3vUEYin3
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) March 9, 2017
I THOUGHT HE WAS AN “EXPERT”? THAT IS HOW ALL INSURANCE WORKS, YOU DEAD EYED FITNESS GHOUL!! These guys are unbelievable https://t.co/9alpHsX7P0
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) March 9, 2017
#PaulRyan thinks healthy people shouldn’t subsidize the sick.
That’s how EVERY insurance plan works: health, life, home.
It’s actuarials. pic.twitter.com/gncTr149K7
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) March 9, 2017
Paul Ryan: “The fatal conceit of Obamacare” is that healthy people are subsidizing the sick. Isn’t that how employer-based insurance works? pic.twitter.com/eGW7nfoCYP
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 9, 2017
The Post contacted Ryan’s spokesman to ask about his health plan alternative to how all insurance works, He responded with intriguing statements that were not substantiated by Ryan’s presentation.
The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief, Ryan Grim, asked Brendan Buck, Paul Ryan’s spokesman, what the alternative is to an insurance system that typically includes both the healthy and the sick. An annoyed Buck responded: “He was only saying the healthy/sick composition of the ACA pool is trending wrong and not sustainable.”
The pie chart Ryan used showed a small sliver of people with “pre-existing conditions,” such as a “woman in her 40s with breast cancer,” he happened to note in particular, and the vast rest of the pie, perhaps 85 percent, were healthy people, so it was difficult to know what “trend” Buck was referring to. The chart showed no number or percentages or costs of the segments.
Buck also said that Ryan “thinks” there aren’t currently enough healthy individuals buying insurance to make ACA work, though no figures on that were provided — or evidence that the Affordable Care Act isn’t working. Also, the Republicans’ bill would not make insurance mandatory, which would likely decrease the numbers of healthy people paying into the system, which would almost certainly drive up premiums.
If Ryan doesn’t understand this simple concept of insurance, then why is he writing the new health care policy?
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)