Affordable Healthcare Is Not An Option

By Beverly Gadson-Birch 
 

The question in my mind is what will President Trump do next? What kind of lie or diversionary tactic will he come up with to get the spotlight off him?

Since you never know which direction the President is headed, prepare yourself to be ambushed or bamboozled or both.

With less than three months in office, the President is moving forward on his promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, not because it is not working but it was implemented under President Obama and he has a bad taste in his mouth for the former President.

The fallout from that “bad taste” will impact millions of Americans. Is the President being vindictive or acting in the best interest of Americans? You be the judge!

The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is the first of its kind in America. The Act provides universal health care at an affordable price.

In talking to some enrollees, they said Affordable Care may not be as affordable as they would like but it was a relief to be covered for doctor and hospital visits.

Affordable Care may not be perfect but it is working for millions of Americans that may not otherwise have had access to health care.

Simply put: The Affordable Care Act is responsible for saving lives.

Americans were afraid to go to a doctor or hospital for treatment because they weren’t covered. Oftentimes, they suffered at home and died because they were afraid they would be denied treatment without insurance.

The Washington Post reported, on information from the Congressional Budget Office, “that the Affordable Care Act revision would reduce the number of insured by 24 million in about a decade and would nearly double the share of Americans who are uninsured from 10 to 19 percent.”

The Congressional Budget Office further projects that “the number of uninsured people would jump 14 million after the first year and the premiums would be 15 to 20% higher compared with the Affordable Care Act but 10% lower on the average after 2026. Older Americans would pay substantially more and younger Americans less.”

“Substantially more” is a high price for Americans to pay for President Trump not to have something “substantially better” to replace The Affordable Care Act.

Trump doesn’t have a worry in the world about his health care and neither does the Republican controlled Congress. Their health care is paid for by taxpayers and even if it weren’t, they can more than afford coverage.

When will insured folks understand what noninsured folks go through? For people of means, it must be a good feeling to wake up the morning without a worry in the world.

The problem with “Trump Care” hocus-pocus is millions of people will no longer receive treatment and die. Think about it!

Poor folks have enough to worry about without having to add “uninsured” to their list.

What about insurance for children? How will America’s children fare off under the new proposal?

What’s the rush to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act? Folks live longer with proper health care. So, is there a problem with poor folks living longer?

What about black folk living longer? Is this another ploy to control the black population?

You would think the President has more pressing issues than to deny hard working Americans health care.

I know y’all didn’t ask me but I think the President is about to bite off more than he can chew. This wouldn’t be the first time.

The Affordable Care Act is a network of agreed upon services and costs. Physicians and Health Care Providers are carefully linked to provide access and minimize costs.

I believe I need to take this in another direction since politicians continue to play with people’s lives. Diabetes is no joke. Cancer is no joke. Transplants are no joke. Premature babies with health problems are no joke. And, the list goes on.

All are costly procedures and require extensive treatments—treatments that may prolong or save lives.

If you think illness is a joke, wait until it comes knocking on your door and you are uninsured. The uninsured and underinsured are treated differently and in some instances denied more advance procedures.

If y’all don’t believe me, show up without insurance.

While Republicans are working to reform the Affordable Care Act, do not remain silent. Silence just may cost you your life. Mercy!

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