After weeks of speculation, unrest and finally a reluctant acceptance of the repeal of Obamacare, a shock wave spread across the nation on Friday when the Republicans faltered in their first significant endeavor to reshape the U.S. health care system under the present presidency. The Trump administration had to pull their health care bill from the house floor on Friday when it faced major opposition from both the Republicans and the Democrats.
The Republican bill received serious opposition from the members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who demanded stringent steps for lowering insurance costs before dismantling the federally regulated insurance product. House Freedom Caucus is a group of 30 house members with hard-right ideologies. This group was largely responsible for blocking the repeal of the Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
What the Republican bill offered
According to the current President and republicans who were vehemently opposing Obamacare, the introduction of the Republican bill would have brought about the following changes.
- For people without health insurance, the tax penalties would have been retracted and the federal insurance standards annulled.
- Private insurance would have become more expensive.
- Medicaid, the federal-state program that covers nearly 70 million low-income Americans, would have been reintroduced with new limits on spending.
- Billion dollar taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have been cut.
- Planned Parenthood federal funds for a year would have also seen a cut.
The Republican bill could not see the light of the day because it lacked the support of moderate Republicans who understood the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) analysis that the new bill would have rendered approximately 24 million additional Americans without insurance in 2024, compared to the number of people uninsured under the existing law.
Moreover, in the short-run, the insurance premiums would have risen under the legislation, as warned by the budget office. In addition, this would have gravely affected the aging American population most of which is slated for retirement as the cost of premiums would have risen exponentially.
Working together for better healthcare plan
Since a long time now the Democrats have been vocal about their desire to work with the present legislation on ACA but for that to happen, they affirmed that the Republicans must first stop their drive for repealing the present law.
The overthrow of the Republican bill could probably act as a bridge between the Democrats and Republicans to improvise the ACA, since both the parties unanimously believe that it needs revamping.
Representative Ted Poe of Texas and Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of House Freedom Caucus urged the Democrats and the Liberals to come together and find solutions that would get the required 235 votes to pass the solution and would help the country move forward.
Insurance glitches: A barrier to mental health recovery
It is estimated that approximately 29 percent people insured through the Medicaid either have a mental disorder or a substance abuse disorder and repeal of the Obamacare would jeopardize their chances of access to treatment.
Further, nearly one in five adults in the U.S., i.e., nearly 43.8 million adults, experience mental illness in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). However, a vast majority never receive treatment.
Considering how debilitating an untreated mental illness or a substance abuse disorder can be, it would be a tragedy not to be able to get treatment for a patient who desperately needs it.
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