In 2016, the nation did not only elect a new president of the United States, but a new physician of the American populous. The stethoscope is now worn around every neck of the republicans on Capitol Hill, as the Senate gets ready to vote on what is now called “Trump Care”.
This new bill is the plan to repeal the current Obamacare bill which covers the insurance of 22.8 million people, leaving those uncovered to be denied the human right of access to healthcare. Trump’s recent tweet on June 22nd states in its last line “Remember, Obamacare is dead”, giving Americans little hope in the new bill, which was formed almost entirely in secret. In 2026, 52 million people would be uninsured under the Republican plan, as compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under the current Obamacare law.
The real question people have is: What does this bill contain? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the legislation would make health insurance more affordable, strengthen Medicaid, and stabilize the insurance market with the new bill, but fails to speak on what this entails. The bill actually contains elephantine cuts on medicaid, and programs such as Planned Parenthood, while cutting taxes on the extremely wealthy within American society.
Cutting programs such as these are raising flags and sounding alarms on Capitol Hill, as many Democratic Senators will not let these program go, but, some Republicans are open to change, knowing that the new bill puts them between a rock and a hard place with Democrats. Republicans have firm knowledge that they have asked for too much in this bill, but are hoping that the Democrats will allow for most of it to stay, giving it the votes to pass the senate.
Senator John Thune, a Republican from Wisconsin is hopeful that changes will be made so it will pass the senate with the two votes it currently needs. Thune says “We’ve got members who are going to be interested in looking at the text and looking to see what they can do to refine and improve and dial things accordingly to try and figure out how we get 50 votes,”. “There’s a lot of areas that are probably subject to dials — tax credit, Medicaid.”
The public response to the new bill, is more drastic than the Democrats though. McConnell’s office in the days following the release of the new bill was swarmed by the American Public in response to the drastic cuts being made for people with disabilities and low income. People in wheelchairs, along with other disabilities protested this new bill and felt they were being denied their basic human rights to health care access. Former President Barack Obama speaks on this saying that the bill is effectively a “transfer of wealth” from the poorest, to the richest Americans, and hopes that senators will “step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did”.
Americans await the international response to the bill, but all we can do is wait, while the future of Trump Care looks as grim as the patients who will lose coverage from it.