May  22nd, 2017


I recall the day before my birthday, March 24th - a particular soundbite that made me cringe even harder from decisions made by this administration was Office of Management and Budget Director Nick Mulvaney saying,"Then you can figure out a way to change the state that you live in," when asked about particular health conditions for women.  It became apparent to me that the Republican logic of advocating for states rights over federal overstepping usurped basic common decency. Choosing to make decisions from spreadsheets without consideration of the real life situations Americans face seems to be a re-occuring motif in American Politics.  Even Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent said that the legislation in question, AHCA would, "..increase the number of uninsured by up to as many as 24 million people, and undermine important protections for those living with pre-existing conditions.” There were also 20 Republican members that opposed the legislation.

This past week the House has had talks of re-voting on the AHCA, which was passed in the House earlier this month. This legislation has served as the Republicans haphazard reprisal at Obamacare or what we have come to know as The Affordable Care Act (ACA) . What I found most disturbing in the crossfire between budgetary implications and reality is being able to place a dollar amount on the 24 million people that will be uninsured - Politico reports  "For the bill to meet the reconciliation standard, CBO must find that it will reduce spending by at least $2 billion.".  Ergo, the cost for Republicans to thrust the lives of roughly 24 Million people into uncertainty and dissaray is $2 billion dollars which calculates to $83 dollars per person.

We had to have seen this sinister truth coming, considering the fiery speech Sen. Bernie Sanders gave during Mulvaney's confirmation hearing that can be seen here . The Atlantic also reported that language within the bill's text would essentially allow states to opt out of federal essential health benefit requirements for exchange plans. This would allow insurance providers to create their own requirements which could spell out badly for Americans in any state that have pre-existing conditions.

Jeremiah Chapman is a communications fellow with The Center for Community Change that reports on healthcare, the american safety net, immigration and civil rights.


Jeremiah Chapman, Communications Fellow

Center for Community Change

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