There are many issues when it comes to healthcare in America, but the recent attempts to alter the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has been fruitless. However, a new revision to the act has been proposed that will, yet again, seek to cut funding and subsidies that would allow poor people to get medicaid.
The main premise of the ACA was the ability for poor people to be able to get health insurance for cheap or even free, based on their income level. Also, while in most cases, insurance companies cannot deny insurance for people who suffer from a preexisting condition, it may be able to change them more for the same coverage. There are, however, many plans that can deny you coverage if you do have a preexisting condition, namely the ones that do not meet the ACA’s requirements. This could affect the coverage of over 15 million people in the US.
For many people, they will also not receive tax cuts not already listed on the ACA, and many will lose their subsidies to help pay for premiums. Older people under the ACA were unable to be charged more than younger people for the same coverage, but times have changed. Under the new revision, older people can be charged up to 5 times more for the same coverage, based on nothing more than their age.
The changes do make it so that young adults can stay on their parents insurance up until the age of 26, which has been a huge help for many who have issues affording health insurance. Before the ACA, the date where kids would be cut off of their parents insurance would be at 21 years of age. This helps to reduce the cost of healthcare for many teens who would otherwise have student loan debt or other financial issues.
One of the main issues with the ACA was that everyone was forced to buy insurance or else pay a tax penalty. This was a problem because either many people could not afford to pay for insurance, and get penalized for it, or they simply thought the idea itself was unconstitutional. A case could be made that the ACA breached the 10th amendment.
One of the good things about the revised bill, is that it increases the funding for people who suffer from an addiction. The previous budget was only 2 billion for fighting addiction, now it has increased that to 45 billion. More money will be put behind the new bill as well, which should lower healthcare costs to help conbat the spike in prices seen right after the adoption of the ACA.
However, it does seek to end coverage of abortion for all cases, except for in the case of rape, or when the mothers life is in danger. This bill will block all medicaid recipients from receiving any assistance from Planned Parenthood as well, including for contraception, and even testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Not everyone supports this decision either, as is seen with GOP member Susan Collins.
Now while there are some benefits that seem to be arising from this health care bill, does it really combat the issues that is surrounding it? It has received many arguments about passing this bill as well, with people like Susan Collins, Rand Paul, and Lisa Murkowski making objections to what is proposed. Some objected to denying STD coverage, whole others claim it is too much like the ACA, and that it doesn’t allow for enough market freedom.
As of now, the senate is in a stalemate, with 49 votes currently promoting the bill, and only one more needed for the bill to pass. Tension is high, and US president Donald Trump is providing pressure on the senate to pass the bill, claiming that he will be “angry” if the bill does not pass legislation.
We can only sit and wait for now to see what the GOP has in store. If this bill does not pass, they will simply revise it yet again and put it back on the market.