Coal miners with black lung disease slam Mitch McConnell after brushing them off during two-minute meeting
“He might’ve stayed a minute.”
In the early days of the Trump Administration, Republicans attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and replace it with a hastily slapped together plan that would have eliminated health coverage for over 20 million people.
After pushing hard to get a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the Better Care Reconciliation Act before the Fourth of July recess, Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, delayed the vote Tuesday. While Republicans can only afford two Senators from their party to oppose the bill, a half-dozen have expressed reservations. And more Republicans might reconsider their support after three recently released polls show that the bill is wildly unpopular with the American electorate.
Under new bills praised by President Donald Trump, 22 million people potentially would lose their health care coverage.
Before the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, 91 million Americans were enrolled in health insurance plans with lifetime caps. Once patients with these caps exceed their lifetime or annual minimums — usually set at $1 million to $2 million dollars — their coverage would end. Chronically ill people who lost coverage were forced to pay extremely high bills out of pocket, go bankrupt, or deny themselves treatment altogether.
Yesterday, the big news coming out of Washington, D.C., was a study released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finding that 24 million additional Americans would find themselves without health care should the GOP’s proposed plan be adopted as is. That study states that 14 million would lose health care in the next year, and 24 million will find themselves without coverage by 2026. That would bring the total uninsured to 52 million in nine years’ time, suggesting that implementing the act would almost double the number of uninsured in America.
It was also concluded by the CBO that as the number of uncovered American rose, so too would premiums.