Trumpcare could soon be the face of “adequate healthcare.” After going through article after article, I unearthed a multitude of issues with Trumpcare and what his administration constitutes as proper health care management for the people of America. I implore everyone who reads this to also do their own research on the matter before reaching any conclusions.
For starters, as with most pieces of legislation, there are many positives within the proposed health care package. It repeals the individual tax penalty mandate for those without coverage and provides coverage for those with pre-existing conditions to name a few. But to many these propositions give off the sense that there is no guaranteed access to healthcare for the vast majority of Americans. Though the American Healthcare Act, also known as Trumpcare, has not been put forth through Congress, it’s content is still extremely worrisome to the grand majority of Americans. Estimates show that “by 2026 more than 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage” (trumpcare.com). A critical point to understand is that a majority of those who would be left uninsured under Trumpcare have heavily relied on Medicaid, which was heavily invested in and expanded by Obamacare. Many political analytical organizations are doubtful that this new resolution will gain support from either Republicans or Democrats in Congress. A major reason for this claim being that the Republican party especially is fervent about elderly care and would most likely be averse to the conditions of the act as they are. But, as learned from the election last fall, it is only fair to expect the unexpected when it comes to our representatives supporting Trump and his policies.
In their defense, this act would gradually save our country through budgetary savings and as a result would mitigate our national debt; the act “would reduce the federal deficit by 337 billion dollars over the next decade”. According to high-up officials in the Trump Administration, despite the seemingly positive rhetoric infused in the healthcare act, the amount of coverage should be of no concern in their eyes. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said “When we get asked the question, ‘How many people are going to get covered?’, that’s not the question that should be asked.” At the core of any national legislation, especially one dealing with personal matters, should lie the need to benefit as many citizens as legally possible.
This issue of whether Americans will be granted adequate means of caring for themselves and loved ones needs to be examined and pressured until it hits the floor of Congress. In the past few weeks alone, all across the country we have seen incredible, massive protests against Trumpcare at town halls and open forums. These demonstrations are incredible powerful and symbolic – concerned citizens are no longer solely voicing their grievances as a group but they are confronting their representatives and holding them accountable. Question the values this act represents and whether it breaks through moral high grounds, because sooner or later “Trumpcare” will actually be put on the table.