On Sept. 26, Senate Republicans decided to ditch the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a major promise President Trump made during his campaign.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, aims to make health insurance more affordable to people who must pay for their own insurance. The ACA stops companies from denying people coverage or charging more based on health status.
Additionally, the ACA requires large businesses to provide insurance to employees, and ensures that all insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions. The ACA also requires individuals to have health care, making sure every person is protected.
Because of the ACA, Americans have access to free preventive services to help reduce the occurrence of preventable health issues and conditions.
Senate Republicans voted against the latest version of TrumpCare. In summary, the Republicans’ latest health care bill leaves the designing of healthcare to the individual states.
While some people may have found this healthcare plan appealing because the cost of its implementation is lower than the cost of the ACA, the United States has greatly benefitted from the vote against it.
While the plan may have costed less, it would have left a total of about 49 million people uninsured.
Under this version of TrumpCare, large businesses wouldn’t be required to provide health insurance to their full-time employees, and individuals wouldn’t be required to have health insurance at all.
TrumpCare also would’ve offered less cost assistance. Pre-existing conditions would’ve been covered, but waivers could’ve been used to exclude certain conditions from lifetime and annual limits, and could’ve been used to charge sick people more than healthy people.
Many people find themselves unable to pay the high costs of health insurance; this cost assistance cut would be devastating to many people.
Not only would millions of people be left uninsured, but more people would have to go without the free preventive services that the ACA provides. By not having these free preventive services, there’s room for more and more sick people, sicknesses that could’ve been prevented in the first place.
The latest version of TrumpCare cut a lot in its plan in comparison to the ACA, which is why it costs less than the ACA, but many people would’ve been left on their own in terms of health care.
While some may think the vote against TrumpCare was a loss, the vote against is a big win for the people who benefit from the ACA.