One of President Donald J. Trump’s least thought out bills, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), made it past the House Thursday much to the chagrin Democrats and members of the public.
“This bill is going nowhere fast in the United States Senate,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York.
The excuse for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement has brought a wave of outrage across the nation from doctors, hospitals, health care providers and patient advocacy groups directly opposing the bill, according to the New York Times and the Hill.
If the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the American Cancer Society are against this bill, then hopefully the Senate can make things right on their end. Unfortunately, just like how no one expected the Trump campaign to succeed, they could always pull some kind of magical strings to make things work in their favor.
Although the Trump administration and Republicans can dish out dirt, they can’t seem to take it as smoothly.
Some Republicans are hiding in the shadows, refusing to come on television talk shows like MSNBC host Joy Reid’s, just so they don’t have to explain their vote.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 6, 2017
Other Republicans, like an Idaho congressman, attempted to justify their decision, but failed miserably.
“That line is so indefensible,” said Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, a member of the influential House Freedom Caucus, on May 5. “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
Cal State Fullerton graduate student Cesar Rodriguez, a counseling major, was also disappointed in the bill passing. Rodriguez, who graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s from CSUF in sociology, was disappointed in Royce, a fellow alumni, for voting for it.
“This bill affects me professionally and personally,” he said.
Rodriguez, a soon to be a marriage and family therapy intern, could lose potential clients because mental health issues might no longer be covered under the AHCA. He said he also goes to therapy on occasion, and fears he may lose his health care.
“I believe that everyone needs (access to health) services,” Rodriguez said. He said that this is going to really impact the Latinx population, along with the rest of the population as well.
CSUF health science Professor Shana Charles, Ph.D., said that Royce and his administration has ignored information regarding the AHCA’s impact on public health, information she gave to his office.
She also feels that it’s important to note that the ACA is still the law of the land.
“It’s almost crazy that Rep. Royce would ignore the wishes and concerns of his constituents,” Charles said. “Frankly, I don’t understand why they (Republicans) are ignoring the data.”
Republicans can argue all they want on this, but the issues with the bill are in plain sight. First off, Congress is exempt from the AHCA. If the health care bill is going to be that spectacular and is going to provide the best possible insurance for everyone, shouldn’t they want to use it? It’s a red flag that Republicans don’t and won’t recognize. This fact alone makes those passing the bill instantly lose their credibility. If a politician can’t put themselves in the shoes of their constituents, then they should not be a politician.
Republicans are convinced that the free market is going to fix everything. Give people more options for insurance, and surely, they’ll be able to afford it. However, less regulations on the companies and no guarantees for people when it comes to health issues is problematic.
The list of pre-existing conditions that could potentially jack up a person’s premium is exhaustive, but they won’t exactly be denied coverage, according to a Washington Post report.
The vague and outrageous list of pre-existing conditions contains diabetes, irregular menstrual periods, pregnancy, cancer and mental health conditions. Essentially, if you’re a human being you have a pre-existing condition.
Making something like health care available yet impossible for families with lower incomes to afford is just as bad as not having anything available at all. It is an anchor strapped to someone’s ankle. It could be a deathbed for the 52 million under 65 who have what qualifies as a pre-existing condition.
There has been no official analysis of the bill, and Trump didn’t wait for approval to send it through the House. So really, everything is up in the air until the plain is actually laid out and set in stone. Until then, everyone in America is left hanging in suspense.