With nearly a year behind Donald Trump as leader of the nation, the number of people concerned about the health care system is gradually growing. The chief concern is not about the existence of one or the other health insurance plan, it is mainly about the way people will be able to acquire it and put it into good use. As 2017 is coming to a close, the need will arise to have a more precise and official response to some of these questions that trouble everyday US citizens.
What Did Trump Promise?
In the US, healthcare is acquired in one of three ways – through your employer, through government programs (Medicare and Medicaid), and through Obamacare’s online insurance marketplaces.
At the peak of his presidential campaign, Trump presented the American Health Care Act – an insurance system that was supposed to surpass Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The latter functioned on the basis of online marketplaces which sold comprehensive and affordable insurance plans. Republicans, including the president, opposed this move by claiming it interfered with the private sector – Obamacare subsidizes health care fees for the low income community.
The American Health Care Act is supposed to change all this, offering better and cheaper health care, as Trump said himself. Yet this does not seem viable, as the proposition will ultimately increase prices on health care, cut back on women’s insurance coverage and practically ruin the foundation of Obamacare.
With people worried as never before, it is advisable to buy lottery tickets online or at your local drugstore – it couldn’t hurt to have a Powerball jackpot to lean on while choosing from a list of health insurance plans that do not cover birth control.
Who Will Benefit & Who Will Suffer?
In simple terms, there is hardly anyone, rich or poor, in the USA that can safely say they will benefit from these proposed changes. One reason is the fact that they haven’t been properly defined yet, but it is much more due to the fact that there seems to be no true intention of making health care plans any more financially sustainable.
As a result, benefits will not go to those deserving of them – the poor, elderly, women and everyday working people – the life and soul of the US. Insurance companies are definitely going to benefit from the American Health Care Act should all the clauses related to them remain unaltered. They would be able to set their own prices without any government interference regarding the subsidies.
To address the more urgent matter of who will suffer, it is safe to say that the estimated number of nearly 22 million US citizens currently under the Affordable Health Act will be affected. Low-income and poverty-stricken communities are not going to be able to afford health care. Women may suffer a direct attack on their reproductive rights and the chronically ill could be left without their diabetes, asthma or HIV pills, for instance.