WHAT IT IS
- The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the Republican attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in three phases.
- The AHCA is a budget reconciliation bill that is apart of the 2017 budget process, meaning it cannot be filibustered in the U.S. Senate.
- It is a bill that more or less resembles one of the cornerstone arguments of the Trump campaign.
WHY IT MATTERS
It is crucial that people understand the ins and outs of their country’s healthcare system so that they can make the most prudent decision possible regarding their medical care. If the AHCA is passed, low-income Americans would have a more difficult time finding and affording adequate health insurance, and upper class Americans would pay less in taxes. Furthermore, many Americans that rely on Medicaid would have lost coverage if the bill passed. Preexisting conditions will be forced into a “high risk pool”, and could be so costly that individuals will be unable to pay, therefore, losing coverage.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- The bill passed the House of Representatives, and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
- Paul Ryan originally pulled the ACHA from the floor.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
- Which direction is the American health care system heading in?
- If the government keeps flip flopping on a key issue, how can the American people be confident that they will receive consistent and reliable healthcare for an extended period of time?