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AHCA: An Absolute Defeat!

NHCOA / WDC / NP-March 2017.  The efforts of the GOP to replace Obamacare suffered on Friday 24 an absolute defeat. The republican’s leadership failed when the party did not reach the majority necessary for the vote.

Dr. Yanira Cruz, President of the National Hispanic Council for Aging (NHCOA), welcomed this decision as “a triumph of the majority that believes in an inclusive and fair health system”.

More than 20 million people who currently are covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have been affected if the proposal of American Health Care Act (AHCA), presented to the House of Representatives by the GOP’s leaders had been approved.

“Proponent of the bill said this health reform is supposed to be a step forward to “make America great again.” However, for million people the consequences would have been devastating. They raised their voices to warn the risk of at least 4 million Latinos in the United States. According to the Urban Institute, by 2021, it would be an increase of 24 million people without health insurance”, said Dr. Cruz.

ACA, better known as “Obamacare” protects older adults from the abuses of insurance companies. With AHCA, the insurance companies will set rates up to five times more than the prices of health care plans for young people, one of the most expensive on the market.

Millions living in poverty conditions in 31 states of the country would have lost the benefits offered by Medicaid. Emergency rooms would have become the only access to basic medical treatment for those who lack health insurance. According to the information released by local and national media, the deficit as a result of AHCA will exceed 130 billion dollars.

By repealing “Obamacare” the benefits of Medicare would have been impacted. People over 65 and those who are suffering from some types of disability are at risk of losing independence and the possibility of having a basic insurance plan.