New GOP Health Bill Is Even Worst Than The First — It’s HORRIBLE!
Let’s face it, Donald Trump’s first 100 days have proven his ‘deal-maker’ persona is just a myth. In other words, his supporters, who believed he’d drain the swamp, fix healthcare, renegotiate trade deals and build a wall with Mexico’s money, were… well conned.
Facing this sad reality, Republicans in congress are really desperate to squeak in a big win before Trump’s 100 day mark. They were primed to ride zombie Trumpcare to triumph—at least in the house, the Senate is a monster of a different ilk.
Their first attempt, the ill-fated American Health Care Act vol.1, never even made it to a vote. It was clear that despite having 237 Republican members of the house, the GOP would not reach the 216 threshold it needed to pass the bill. It was too moderate for the Freedom Caucus and too extreme for the centrists.
They were hoping the American Health Care Act vol.2 would receive a vote Wednesday, but again, they didn’t have the numbers.
Now, it seems Paul Ryan and co. are close to hitting their mark, and all it took was some brazenly harsh concessions to the Freedom Caucus from an unlikely source. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) is responsible for the eponymous amendment to Trumpcare that brought more far right-wingers on board.
The most significant changes to the new bill will make healthcare exponentially more expensive for the people who need it most. The bill throws away the very popular pre-existing condition protection in lieu of high-risk pools, which, as research by the Kaiser Foundation shows, nearly always generate premiums that are much higher than standard market rates.
Under Trumpcare with the MacArthur Amendment, states would be able to opt out of the pre-existing condition protections. This means if you have a chronic ailment, and you live in a state that decides to drop the protections, your premiums will likely ascend through the stratosphere. Additionally, the bill also gets rid of the essential health benefits provision which made it mandatory for every health insurance plan to cover the following services:
Ambulatory patient services (outpatient care you get without being admitted to a hospital)
Hospitalization (like surgery and overnight stays)
Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care (both before and after birth)
Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment (this includes counseling and psychotherapy)
Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices (services and devices to help people with injuries, disabilities, or chronic conditions gain or recover mental and physical skills)
Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
Pediatric services, including oral and vision care (but adult dental and vision coverage aren’t essential health benefits)
Under the AHCA, coverage for any combination of these can be excluded from lower cost plans, which means that if you’re pregnant, or have cancer, or are dealing with depression, finding a plan that covers the care you need will be much more difficult than it is now.
Yep, Republicans somehow managed to make their terrible legislation even worse than the original. And that one was polling at 17%.
Sorry America, we are about to get screwed.