Congressional leaders have announced plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood, leaving millions of Americans unable to afford health care.
The Affordable Care Act
This was a long time coming. The Republicans have been trying to kill the ACA since its inception.
“We will repeal the disaster known as Obamacare and create new health care, all sorts of reforms that work for you and your family,” President-elect Donald Trump vowed last month in Orlando.
That new health care plan hasn’t been fleshed out yet by Trump or his allies in Congress. So they say they’ll vote to get rid of Obamacare, but delay its demise until they come up with a replacement that will cover the millions of people who have insurance thanks to the law.
Republicans say they plan to replace the ACA with something better, but knowing the GOP they’ll probably push for faith healing or medieval bloodletting.
Admittedly, the ACA was a mess. For many Americans, it did not really provide affordable health care, thanks to high monthly premiums and enormous deductibles. But for some people, it was all they had. When I worked at a health clinic a while back, I met a good number of oncology patients who said they would not have been able to get cancer treatment without the ACA. After Trump was elected, they were terrified.
Speaker Paul Ryan announced the GOP’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood along with repealing the ACA. Republicans have been trying to destroy Planned Parenthood for years now. They’ve already attacked it in a few states, with disastrous results.
Indiana shut down its rural Planned Parenthood clinics. The result? An HIV outbreak.
Since Texas defunded Planned Parenthood, maternal death rates have skyrocketed. Now the state has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world.
Make no mistake: If the Republicans succeed, people will die.