An important part of our democracy is openness and the willing to listen to all opinions. Supposedly, the Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body, however apparently that memo didn’t make it to the Senate GOP Leadership (looking at you Mitch McConnell). This is yet another disturbing aspect on the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act and the House’s American Health Care Act . Below is an article from Sherley Alaba that takes a look at the veil of secrecy on the health insurance discussion in Washington. . A big thank you to Sherley for this informative article. Please note that the opinions in this article are Sherley’s and may differ from mine. Make your voice heard and sign the Petition for Fair Health Insurance for All. And contact your Senator and tell them to vote no on the Better Care Care Act, tell them you want Fair Health Insurance for All.
U.S Senate Republicans have been scrutinizing health care for quite some time. They have recently released the Better Care Act (BCRA) discussion draft, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pushing to get to a vote which will then determine the future of Americans and their medical insurance. The GoP is advertising it as the bill that will be better than the House bill. However, from what the public knows, the bill is anything but beneficial for the common citizens of America. Many people are expected to have lower medical coverage than they have right now and it is said to mostly benefit the wealthy people in America.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) which was passed in the month of May can be cause for over 23 million Americans to lose their coverage for health insurance. This analysis has been done by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which is responsible for all economic matters when a bill is presented. This is because the new bill will cause the cost of the premiums to go up as well as the out-of-pocket for health coverage. Hence, this is the reason why the bill has been condemned by the majority of the American people and health professionals. The previous bill was condemned due to the horrible planning and structure of the bill which did not serve its true purpose of benefitting the Americans.
Due to these above concerns, the new healthcare bill should have been drafted under the scrutiny of the public eye. However, this is not the case, in fact, the new bill is being drafted behind closed doors with very little to no information being given to the public and without taking the plight of a common American into consideration. Furthermore, there have been no public hearings or expert involved in the drafting of the bill, making the contents of the bill much more doubtful to be a good solution for the American people.
This is in stark contrast to how Obama’s presidency reached the final outline of their bill. Before the first draft of the Affordable Care Act was ever presented, Obama and some members of the Congress has spent a full year doing research for their bill. They attended community discussions, town hall meetings and conducted publicly aired White House sessions with representatives of both the parties. The affordable health care act may not have been very efficient, but it helped the people with diseases as big as Dementia in the elderly and as insignificant as the common cold.
An even more troublesome aspect of the bill is that the bill will be implemented with immediate effect, with inevitable and widespread impacts, despite all those conditions not being entirely clear to the people. When the bill is released, there is no guarantee about the fact whether that version of the bill has been edited by CBO. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his team reviewed the bill in the last week of June and expressed concern that the bill will very likely pass through a vote. Conservatives are in favor of lifting coverage mandates to lower premiums while also requesting for higher limits on tax exemptions for health-savings accounts.
Whatever the outcome may be, there is a very high possibility that the American public may be disappointed with the new healthcare act. However, despite McConnell’s trust in the bill, one ABC News report states that there are at least nine GOP senators who have publicly said that they do not favor the bill and will not for the current version of the Senate bill. With this situation, one can hope for improvements and that the Congress will take people’s needs into more consideration.
Sherley Alaba is an eagle-eyed wordsmith; a writer and translator, always interested in ways which can help individuals (especially youth and women) reach their full creative potential. Her focus has been on writing, producing and editing stories on business, finance, interesting personalities, entrepreneurs, culture, the environment, gastronomy, lifestyle, and social issues. Currently she is associated as a blogger for CentraCare Pediatrics.