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How Cruel Is the Republican Healthcare Bill?

Updated on May 16, 2017
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The amount of misinformation regarding healthcare and proposed laws is staggering. Name-calling and incorrect assumptions have dominated the news and social media. Both sides of the political aisle condemn the other side's plan. Unfortunately, much of the criticism is necessary because both the Republican plan (AHCA) and the Democratic plan (ACA) are incredibly flawed, principally because they both fail to address the real problem with American healthcare which is the cost.

The American Health Care Act of 2017, which passed in the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 has been labeled as cruel, deadly, and callous. This is in large part due the elimination of a national law on preexisting conditions. But what exactly does the proposed law say about preexisting conditions?

Under AHCA, each state would be able to determine their own rules on preexisting conditions and other healthcare rules which under ACA are set by the federal government.

If the federal government, is cruel for passing the choice to the states, would not each state government be equally or even more cruel for failing to uphold the current preexisting condition standards? If AHCA passes and becomes law, state legislators would have the power to maintain the preexisting condition law. Constituents would have a larger voice with their local state representatives and senators than with their national ones.

The AHCA largely gives more power to the states, an act in line with the 10th Amendment, which orders that any power not given to the federal government in the constitution be given to the states. Trying to create national policies on healthcare is difficult due to the size and diversity of the country, namely geographic diversity. States having more power to do what is in the best interest of their unique circumstances.

The AHCA is far from a perfect plan. However, it is also misunderstood. The Kaiser Family Foundation provides a lot of freely available information regarding American healthcare and related policies. In particular, the organization offers comparisons between the ACA, AHCA, and other proposed acts. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non partisan agency is another source for clear information on the details and implications of the ACA and AHCA.

How cruel is the AHCA? Certainly everyone is entitled to their opinion. Hopefully those opinions will be based on real understanding, not just what has been said or heard on social media.

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      Alternative Prime 5 months ago from > California

      By now, with REPORTs that Donald John is "Lawyering Up" 2 try and defend himself from "Russia-Gate" while the first subpoenas are being served 2 Mike Flynn etc, I'm not sure how anyone can possibly be surprised that "Trump-Care" is NOT a Health-Care Bill at all, it's a "Cruel, Unusual & Unconscionable SCAM" that could have easily been drafted on a dirty napkin in a DARK Back ROOM within the confines of the now defunct "Trump University" ~ All involved in this attempt at Decimating Health-Care at the expense of ENRICHING Wall Street & Greedy Execs will indeed pay a hefty price here on EARTH & the here-after ~ This includes Weirdo Paul Ryan, Conspiracy NUT Daryl Issa, SQUINTY Mike Pence etc ~

      In Brief, this SCAM Jeopardizes Pre-Existing Conditions & ALL other Consumer Protections which are now embedded in Obama-Care which are designed to ENHANCE Health-Care for ALL Americans including the less fortunate ~ Believe it or NOT, "Trump-Scare" also Slashes Taxes 4 the WEALTHY by 600 BILLION while SLASHING Medicare by 880 BILLION and congress actually APPROVED it ~ Nothing less than a SCAM of Biblical Proportions perpetrated by Republicans who are OWNED & Controlled by Corporations & Complicit with Russian Operatives ~