USA: New destructive health plan

Millions in U.S. are closely following the prospect of the new healthcare plan, passed by the House of Representatives days ago with a very tight 217- 213 margin.

Named American Health Care Act (AHCA, by its English acronym), it was conceived by Republicans to replace Obamacare.

On this matter, analysts say that many lawmakers, including members from that party, do not endorse clauses of the aforementioned bill.

Republicans, they add, with exceptions, wish to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA, by its English acronym), better known as Obamacare.

However, when they passed the so-called American Health Care Act recently, they showed how far they are willing to go.  

El Nuevo Herald editorial published on Monday explained it when writing:

“They do not like that millions of people remain without health insurance”, as well as that conditions with long treatment be stopped.

But many House Republicans voted in favor of the bill for the sake of repealing Obamacare, remarked El Nuevo Herald.

In Washington they predict that the Senate could be less drastic, although its Republican members seek to protect their vote with excuses.

Here the leading figure is far-right Senator Marco Rubio, who adopts shifting stances very easily.

Then the editorial suggests him not to forget that in 2015 his state had larger number of Obamacare supporters than in the entire country.

Also that Florida voters, as it happens to more millions in the nation, are worried because the Capitol gave green light to Trumpcare.

It also advised Rubio to remind his colleagues that it is no longer about rejecting Obama’s previous healthcare plan.

Then it put the lawmaker on the ropes, telling him that it’s about opposing the current president, “as he promised during his re-election campaign to the Senate”.

To many’s surprise, only Ros-Lehtinen, due to yet nebulous reasons, ascertained the following:

“I won’t support a bill that can cause a serious harm to the health and lives of the people from South Florida”.

If approved, she warned, “the oldest and poorest”, will find it more difficult to obtain healthcare regarding any illness.

And we are sure, the editorial stated, that she would have done the same even if she was not retiring from her post within a few months.

Obamacare is not perfect, the newspaper added, but thanks to that law, millions have received a life-saving healthcare.

Along with that it said, “House lawmakers eliminated the protection for 24 million Americans” rather than improving their shortcomings.

Finally, the Editorial Board wrote that the new policy defunds insurance coverage for planned parenthood, people with cancer, heart disease, or HIV/AIDS.

Everything is even worse with the following possibilities:

It increases the cost of insurance bonuses, cuts back Medicaid expansion, and makes Americans with insurances provided by their employers feel uncertain.

Don’t be astonished at anything, that’s the wild and harsh nature of Capitalism.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff




US Senate passes measure to take first step in dismantling Obamacare

US senators have passed the first measure on the way to dismantling outgoing-President Barack Obama’s much debated health care law, commonly known as Obamacare.

‘Broken promises’ or ‘sick again’? New Congress draws battle lines over Obamacare

@McConnellPress @SenateMajLdr McConnell votes to take important step toward repeal.

Early on Thursday, the Senate voted 51-48 in favor of a nonbinding Republican-backed budget measure that will make it easier to pass repeal legislation, which could be voted on as early as next month.

It's official. The process of repealing in order to replace with a patient-centered alternative has officially begun.

Republicans plan to get rid of the law and replace parts of it by the end of February, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, speaking on “The Hugh Hewitt Show”, a conservative radio program, on Wednesday. Other Republicans, however, say the process could take longer.

The senators who voted against the new measure on Thursday were quick to voice their discontent with the outcome on Twitter. Calling the vote “shocking,” “immoral,” and “shameful,” they warned of the possible consequences of repealing Obamacare with no replacement, stating that millions of Americans could lose their insurance.

The House is scheduled to vote on the measure on Friday. If passed, it would allow follow-up legislation to avoid a filibuster by Senate Democrats, a congressional procedure in which debate over a proposed piece of legislation is extended to delay or entirely prevent a vote on it. US President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that repealing and replacing the law should happen “essentially simultaneously.” However, neither he, nor the Republicans have yet presented a replacement program for Obamacare.

The Sneaky Republican Obamacare Strategy You Need to Know

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, extended health insurance to around 20 million Americans, prevented insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, and provided states with billions of dollars for Medicaid health programs for the poor. Republicans pledged to scrap large parts of the law, however, citing rising health insurance premiums among other things. It was a promise that may have helped Donald Trump win the election, as voters were upset when it was announced that Obamacare premiums were set to jump by 25 percent in 2017.

It will not be an easy job to remove Obamacare, however, as some portions of the law which got rid of pre-existing conditions and allowed children to remain covered by their parents’ insurance until age 26, are still very popular among Americans. Trump promised to keep those provisions unchanged.

Thursday’s Senate vote sets up special rules for the repeal vote – the GOP will be able to pass it through a process known as reconciliation, which would require a simple majority in the 100-member Senate, instead of the 60 votes required to move most legislation. That means Republicans, who have 52 seats, can pass repeal legislation without any cooperation from Democrats.

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