Here’s what will happen if the American Health Care Act becomes law. Tens of millions of Americans will lose health coverage and tens of thousands of people will die every year who otherwise would have lived. It’s time for the voices that have been silent to yell and stop this insanity before it’s too late.
According to Ian Millhiser Justice Editor, ThinkProgress “an odd thing often happens in the national media as a vote on major legislation begins to draw nigh. The press coverage of the bill — even a bill that threatens to strip health care from tens of millions of people — gets much narrower”.
- Tens of millions of Americans will lose health coverage: The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 24 million people will lose health insurance by 2026 under an earlier version of Trumpcare. The Trump White House, meanwhile, estimates that 26 million will lose coverage over the next decade. And since Congress is currently debating a somewhat altered version of the bill that is harsher to people with pre-existing conditions, it is likely that the real number is even higher.
- Tens of thousands of people will die every year who otherwise would have lived. A study of Massachusetts’ health reforms determined that “for every 830 adults gaining insurance coverage there was one fewer death per year.” If this figure is applied to the estimated 24 million who will lose health insurance under Trumpcare, that amounts to nearly 29,000 preventable deaths in 2026 alone among people who don’t have access to the medical care they need.
- The poorest Americans will be the hardest hit. Trumpcare will reduce Medicaid spending by an estimated $880 billion over the next decade, according to the CBO. That’s a whole lot more than the cost of the Upton Amendment.
- People with pre-existing conditions will suffer. The “MacArthur Amendment” to Trumpcare allows states to opt out of many of Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions. As a result, many individuals will no longer be able to obtain coverage.
- Donald Trump makes out like a bandit. While there are many losers under Trumpcare, there is one big winner — the rich.
To make matters worse and in a case of extreme chutzpah House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan.
So let me speak in terms even Trump supporters can understand “this has to stop and our industry cannot remain silent while pretending to be patient focused. If this bill moves forward and our industry is unheard they can never ever expect us to believe that people are more important than patients.