It is inconceivable to me that politicians can stand before a podium or go on a news show and back the BCA (Better Care Act). What shocks me more is the lengths that these politicians will go to try and make it happen. From POTUS’s bullying of legislators to in-fighting and planning strategic votes and delays, those who want to see the end of the Affordable Care Act have really gone above and beyond to stack the deck in their favor.
So that begs the question: who is in favor of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with the Better Care Act? Actually, not a lot of people. Not even a clear majority of Republicans who really really want ACA replealed but are not united on its replacement. GOP Senators go from the new law would not go far enough to it goes too far especially in terms of Medicaid cuts. In fact, a lot of the members of the Senate have yet to thoroughly review the BCA and (rightfully so) are hesitant to cast a vote before they do. The last-minute Amendment by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) further complicates the process by adding more verbiage and stipulation.
Governors and state legislators worry that cuts in the federal laws will force them to cut services or raise taxes, a literal no-win situation. To state level politicians, it’s clear that they are being thrown under the bus by their federal counterparts. John Q. Legislator will have to face angry and concerned constituents who find themselves without health care or with staggering out of pocket costs.
Doctors are not in favor of the BCA because they understand what it will mean to their patients when insurance premiums, deductibles and other costs become out of the reach of the average budget. As always happens, children, the poor and the elderly will be the most affected by the proposed changes in the BCA.
And while I’ve little faith in our insurance companies for being all about patient care, two of the biggies are not completely backing the BCA. America’s Health Insurance Plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield contacted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asking they remove Cruz’s amendment fearing it would make insurance for the sick simply too expensive.
The Congressional Budget Office has not had the Cruz amendment long enough to review. However they have determined that the original replacement for ACA would result in 22 million Americans losing health care coverage over the next 10 years. Furthermore, the CBO said the original plan would lead to higher costs for individuals with less covered benefits. That doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement.
Finally, and most importantly, most Americans are not in favor of this new plan. It is one more thing they have to worry about…will their families continue to be covered? What if their child becomes sick? Their spouse or their parents? The average American just does not need one more thing to obsess over. So while the Senators play with our lives like a giant chess set, the majority of us know at least one person who will be adversely affected by this new plan. Yes, we want fair and responsible management. We want to see wasteful spending curbed. We want an end to high insurance costs. But we don’t want them at expense of our children, our poor and our elderly. We want sound but compassionate management. The BCA doesn’t appear to be giving us anything in the compassion department. And the fallout is what keeps me up at night.
Friends, please be diligent. Please keep after your legislators. Read the news. All the news. Go out of your comfort zone and listen to the opposition. But please, don’t be silent on this issue. It is our duty, our ultimate duty, to be the voice of humanity and care of those who can’t care for themselves. We have to look out for each other. And this is the most important place to start.
Love. Peace. And wellness for all.
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Shabad, R. (2017, June 26). CBO: 22 million more would be without health insurance over next decade under Senate bill. CBS Website. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbo-score-senate-gop-health-care-bill/?ftag=MSF0951a18