NHCOA/WDC/NP-May 2017. After failing twice, GOP’s leaders managed to persuade the majority of its party to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) proposal in the House.
This proposal, which will now have to be passed in the Senate, warns to be “devastating” for more than 20 million people who now have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Dr. Yanira Cruz, President of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), qualified this vote as “a defeat for the majority of citizens who are struggling for an inclusive and quality health system”.
Proponents of the bill said this health reform is supposed to be a step forward to “make America great again.” However, for millions of people, the consequences would be devastating.
Opponents raised their voices to warn of the risk of losing health care for at least 4 million Latinos in the United States. According to the Urban Institute, by 2021, this bill would result in 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, insurance companies can set rates up to five times higher than the current prices of health care plans for young people, some of the most expensive on the market.
Millions living in poverty in 31 states will lose their benefits offered by Medicaid. Emergency rooms will 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 will also be 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.