This week, the Republican party’s healthcare plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), got shot down. The vote was cancelled on Friday, so the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal is off for now. They keep saying how horrible the ACA is, but their bill shows just how cruel the Republicans really want to get while taking healthcare away from 20 million people.
The bill would’ve kicked 24 million people off of insurance by the year 2024. Trump said this is what he wanted for health care:
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us. [People covered under the law] can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much-simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”
He’s just full of shit. The bill would’ve gotten rid of the income-based subsidies that help so many people. They would’ve given flat tax credits based on age, which is purely discriminatory. Also, it would give the same subsidy to someone making $25,000 a year as someone who makes $75,000 a year. It just shows the cruel length Republicans are willing to go to cut their health care costs.
The bill also would get rid of the essential health benefits, which guarantees many things including mental health care and wellness exams for everyone. They want to just get rid of that and go back to the days where you didn’t get checkups for years at a time. The ACA also guarantees emergency room visit coverage and prescription drug coverage. The Republicans want to yank that away in the name of being “American.” They would KILL people!
Luckily, the Democrats are coming to the rescue with a replacement bill that institutes a single-payer system. I’m so excited!