So you remember that replacement for Obamacare that Trump and the other Republicans drafted up? That went to vote in the House yesterday.
One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was that he was going to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare’s name when it’s not at home. It extended insurance to over 24 million Americans who previously couldn’t afford to get it, but Republicans apparently hate it. They say it costs too much for the government to maintain.
In other news, they still think the $25 billion wall between the US in Mexico is a good idea, but I digress.
In order to repeal Obamacare, they’d logically need something better to replace it with, yeah?
Some kind of thing, yes.
First of all, it limits the funding of Medicaid. That’s the part of the law that provides aid to disabled and mentally ill people. The replacement wants to allow states the chance to give out block grants instead of open-ended funding, which would make the program a lot smaller.
As well, the replacement would also prevent any more states from opting in to the Medicaid expansion in the first place. This is in preparation of Medicaid being phased out entirely once people “see their life circumstances and incomes change.”
As icing on the cake, it would also add a requirement for people to find work in return for receiving Medicaid. Because obviously, elderly and disabled people can easily find a job.
Please Have Good News
Well, there’s a small hope for us.
None of the Democrats are going to vote to pass it on, so that means only 22 Republicans need to vote against it to shoot it down entirely.
Call ya reps, call ya senators, and call ya grandma, because this is important. If this replacement goes through, the 24 million people that were offered affordable insurance through Obamacare would be set adrift. It’s basically a huge tax cut and extra bill all in one.