Despite the pandemic: Trump insists on eliminating Obamacare
Speaking to reporters at the White House, US President Donald Trump announced the need to reform the country's current health insurance system. Why is the right time for this initiative now? CNN.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has become one of the leading causes of death in the United States, the Trump administration is promoting an initiative that could repeal the Health Accessibility Act. The Supreme Court will consider this proposal in the fall.
Despite U.S. Attorney General William Barr urging the Trump Administration to amend its proposal to eliminate Obamacare (ASA), Trump said at his last press conference that his team would continue to promote this initiative.
“Obamacare introduced by Barack Obama is a disaster. A very bad system that will be eliminated and replaced with a better and cheaper program ... Now health insurance is expensive and terrible, and this is not fair, "Trump said.
Attorney General Barr insists that the administration change its legal position in the lawsuit instituted by a group of republican states and retain part of the existing law in its new draft. On May 6, Trump said that he “did not know about this demand” and, apparently, thereby showed that he was not going to deviate from his strategy.
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According to researchers at the Urban Institute, Trump’s actions can directly affect 20 million Americans. Given that more than 30 million people have already applied for unemployment benefits, it would be natural to expect that many of these people will soon seek Obamacare medical care. If people lose health insurance, it will be much more difficult to contain a pandemic in the country.
The new strain of coronavirus is one of the most dangerous diseases in the world. The key to controlling its spread is early diagnosis and the availability of free testing. Next - tracking contacts of the patient.
Although the federal government has passed CARES law, which covers the cost of testing and treating people without insurance, there are multiple holes in the system, which is why some patients still have to pay for these services on their own.
Many are afraid that they will not pay for the treatment of coronavirus, therefore, not everyone seeks medical help, which means it will be more difficult to contain a pandemic.
Other diseases also did not disappear during the coronavirus pandemic. People with chronic diseases, patients with strokes, heart attacks and other borderline conditions will now be protected even less.
Eliminating the compulsory insurance system can be deadly for American medicine. As a result, due to fear of the high cost of medical services, people will postpone going to the doctor, which means that their condition will only become more complicated.
In addition to the potential loss of health insurance coverage for more than 20 million people, eliminating the ACA may also prevent people already infected with coronavirus from getting medical attention.
Medical assistance may also be denied to those people who have received complications after coronavirus - chronic inflammation of the lungs and kidneys, stroke and heart failure.
In addition, the liquidation of the program will affect owners of small and medium-sized businesses. These are the people who have been hit hard by the pandemic. Without ACA support, they will face diseases that they cannot afford to pay for.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed many problems in the US healthcare system. And there are flaws in the Obamacare system that need to be addressed. There is still a lot of time ahead for reforms, but the question is whether it is appropriate to eliminate the system completely in this difficult time for the country, when thousands die every day from the coronavirus.
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