In 2010 President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This action meant that upwards of twenty million extra Americans would receive healthcare who previously did not have it or could not afford it.
President Trump announced during his first speech to congress that his team had planned a full-scale repeal of the Affordable Care Act, while replacing it with something that was better for everyone. Republicans stood and applauded the decision that will directly lead to the deaths of thousands.
In 2012 a familiesUSA study found that 130,000 Americans died between 2005 and 2010 because of their lack of health insurance. This equates to three lives lost per hour.
House Speaker Paul Ryan: “If we did nothing, the law would collapse and leave everybody without affordable healthcare”.
POTUS and the Republicans believe that giving every American healthcare at an affordable price is bad. They believe that a wider selection of less care should be provided at a substantially higher cost, to remove the expenditure from the federal budget.
Obviously the biggest problem on the surface is that those who could not afford health insurance before Obamacare now have it will go back to having nothing at all.
The administration also want to introduce tax credits reflecting the age of the people instead of their income. This means someone like new, 64 year old, Secretary of State and billionaire Rex Tillerson, would be afforded the same amount of tax credits as an older citizen living in poverty.
The plan also penalizes citizens for opting out of healthcare when they are healthy and then returning when they are sick. Their premiums would increase upwards of 30%.
Through Obamacare everyone was afforded healthcare which meant that premiums were kept subsidized. This is because there were both healthy and unhealthy people with insurance under one umbrella.
Under Trump’s healthcare plan, the umbrella would be removed. There will be more sick people than there are healthy which will push everyone’s premiums up, regardless of their medical situation.
This disparity between a healthcare act that covers all and the new ‘Trumpcare’ is staggering. Using this template they will accomplish two things;
One, helping out the richer citizens which include the families of Trump’s cabinet and all of his business partners. Two, it will literally kill off the poor who, a lot of the time, vote democrat.
But when a country and its’ leader holds the right to owning an automatic machine gun above free healthcare for the citizens, is it a country that anyone should be following?