First, They Came For The Health Care

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Before ACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or nicknamed Obamacare) 52 million people were uninsurable because of pre-existing conditions. 62 percent of bankruptcies in the U.S. were medically related. The Trump Administration continues to unravel the ACA piece by piece. Next to go is protection for pre-existing conditions.

Unable to repeal ACA, Trump utilized another tactic. Tucked inside his tax bill, the individual mandate was repealed. People had protested the mandate feeling they were paying for something they didn’t need. We should base our laws on facts, not feelings. The fact that the individual mandate was eradicated results in deconstructing financial support needed to keep ACA viable.

In June, Trump began his attack on the pre-existing clause in the ACA. The Department of Justice followed by declaring it is now unconstitutional because the individual mandate has been removed. Have we so soon forgotten how expensive and how many fatalities ensued for Americans who had no health insurance?

The ACA is popular because it provides protection for those who have pre-existing conditions. It provides essential health benefits which require insurers to cover; annual physicals, doctor services, in-patient and out-patient hospital care, prescription drugs, pregnancy, child birth, mental health and dental coverage for children. In place of ACA, Trump has proposed cheap, junk plans allowing companies to offer the insured virtually no coverage.

Trump’s admitted line is that if you say a lie often enough people will soon believe it as truth. Stand up America! Protest! Trump and his cronies are working to remove another ACA benefit. They’ll stop at nothing.

Jo Meinhart
Waretown

 

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