The battle for the future of American health insurance isn’t over yet, and the outlook is growing grimmer by the day for the American people.
The nihilistic hardline conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have signaled they are willing to accept the White House’s changes to the American Healthcare Act – or Trumpcare 2.0.
Rep. Tom McArthur’s (R-NJ) new amendment to the bill allows states to receive exemptions from the Obamacare rules that ban insurance companies from charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions and removes the “minimum insurance coverage requirement,” meaning that health insurance plans no longer have to cover lab services, emergency ambulance services, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse care, maternity care, pediatric care, injury rehabilitation, and hospital visits.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) summed it up properly:
So the GOP took an ACA repeal bill w 17% approval & fixed it by letting insurers jack up rates for anyone who is or was ever sick. Genius.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 26, 2017
In a stunning show of hypocrisy, Republicans in Congress even wrote in language that would exempt their own personal healthcare from these changes.
Republican moderates are still opposed to the plan, wary of the consequences of depriving 24 million Americans of their health insurance and sending the health insurance industry into a tailspin.
Fate of AHCA in the house now rests w 23 reps from districts HRC won, where #resistance activism has greatest chance to have an effect.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 26, 2017
But it’s unclear if moderate Republicans and Democrats have enough support to keep this bill from passing, which Trump is desperate to do so that he has at least one “accomplishment” to gloat about on Twitter.
The ACHA is back, and it’s crueler than ever before. Millions of people will lose their healthcare and thousands will die because they can’t afford care in Trump’s America. That is what the Republican Party offers the American people.
That is what the Republican Party offers the American people. It’s hard to imagine a plan more heartless and counterproductive than the ACHA, and we must punish Republicans for even daring to propose such a morally repugnant bill.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.