Some call it a nightmare. Others call it a blessing. But what is TrumpCare?
Well, the first thing to know is that it’s not really called TrumpCare. In fact, the president himself said he prefers to call it the American Health Care Act. He doesn’t feel something so urgent should have his name in its title. Many criticize this decision due to his previously established Trump Tower, Trump International Hotel, Trump Park Avenue, etc.
The American Health Care Act has been around for quite a while, but it was formerly referred to as Obamacare. Yes, ladies and gents, that’s right. Trump’s new plan is just a revised version of ObamaCare.
Now, onto the juicier part. The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) claims that twenty-four million Americans are at risk of losing their health insurance. And the ironic bit is, most of these citizens are Trump supporters! The reason for this is a fair portion of Trump’s votes came from elders or citizens of rural areas, which the American Health Care Act is seemingly targeting. In fact, the new revisions allow insurance companies to skyrocket insurance costs for older customers.
These revisions also cut mental health care and substance abuse treatment for over 1.3 million people!
Representative Joe Kennedy Ⅲ said, “There is no mercy in a country that turns their back on those most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering. There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill… This is not an act of mercy — it is an act of malice.”
But, fear not! There was a bright side to this plan! The average upper-class household could have saved an average of $50,000. And .1% of the wealthiest Americans would have saved up to $200,000 annually! Of course, many speculated that this is still not fair. The people who, in their opinions, need the money are working-class, not aristocrats.
The Cadillac Tax is another debatable subject concerning the revisions to the American Health Care Act. This would place more value on health care provided by employers, which is great for the workers, but not so great for their bosses. In fact, many small business owners have claimed this makes it near impossible to provide their employees with attractive or even fair benefits. These business owners claim it’s a way to weed out weak or minuscule businesses.
One of the most common misconceptions about TrumpCare is that it would have disabled Medicaid completely. That’s not true! Though it did begin to defund Medicaid, these revisions wouldn’t have disabled it entirely.
Perhaps the most convincing argument towards TrumpCare is that it eliminated the extra tax imposed upon people without insurance. Yes, that’s right, you can be charged for not purchasing health insurance. But not if this new amendment had passed!
Recently, the bill was rejected by the House of Representatives, but it will likely be revised and revisited again.
For more information on the inner-workings of this bill and the House of Representatives, see Kenny Tran’s story, “The Republican Health Care Bill.”