Here’s Everyone The Obamacare Replacement Will Screw Over
Hint: probably you.
Trump needs a win. Bigly.
With his approval rating at an all-time low, the new president appears to have decided that his saving grace is the GOP replacement to Obamacare. The American Health Care Act, as it’s known, will lower Medicaid spending and reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over the next ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
However, a deeper look at the bill shows that a ton of people will be screwed if it’s passed.
The CBO found that the bill will leave an additional 24 million Americans without coverage by 2026. Many of them will lose their insurance because of the cuts to Medicaid. Many others will lose it because the subsidies for people who purchase healthcare individually (rather than getting it through their employer) will be cut.
In total, 52 million people won’t have health insurance by 2026 under the current version of Trumpcare. That’s about 16% of the population. But the people who are going to be truly, royally fucked here are the ones that fall outside of “normal health.”
See, one of the biggest accomplishments of Obamacare was the inclusion of “essential health benefits.” These are crucial aspects of healthcare — like maternity care, chronic disease management and substance abuse and mental health services — that health insurance plans participating in the Obamacare marketplaces must cover. To give you an idea of how bad things used to be, consider this statistic: Before Obamacare, 62 percent of people with individual health care plans didn’t even have maternity care included.
The new Republican plan would gut the requirements that providers cover these essential services, which also include trips to the ER, many types of lab tests, and rehabilitative services that help people recover from strokes or injuries.
While Trumpcare lowers spending overall, it forces people that rely on these essential services to pay more. A lot more. So much more that many of them will likely choose to go without health insurance because they simply can’t afford it.
This shows that the Republican promise that these people will still be able to find affordable insurance is BS.
Sure, Obamacare isn’t working exactly the way it was designed just yet, but ramming through a deeply flawed bill for political reasons will only make these problems worse. The health of millions of Americans shouldn’t depend on a president’s public relations efforts.