Healthcare is a Human Right


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“A healthier life, the liberty to pursue happiness free of the constraints that lack of healthcare might provide to families … under the Affordable Care Act, you have that ability – that liberty to pursue your happiness,” states Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives.

Enacted in 2010 by President Obama, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has provided people with assistance to lower prices of healthcare for those who have qualifying income.

However, the extraordinary measures President Donald Trump has taken to repeal the act implemented by former President Barack Obama has taken blows at some of America’s most vulnerable people.

When Obamacare was introduced, it provided numerous subsidies that were implemented to accompany those who don’t get this affordable coverage but need it. These subsidies account for much of the payment that is given to insurance companies on behalf of the patient. Without these subsidies, many people who need medical aid cannot obtain it or cannot afford it.

It is stated by a Congressional Budget Office report that after this repeal more than 18 million people will be without coverage in the first year or so and 32 million will be without this insurance by the year 2026.

With a campaign centered around the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, Trump has been determined to undermine the marketplace that was designed for those who had no health insurance, could not afford it, or was not offered it through employment.

While those who oppose Obamacare are concerned about lowering taxes for themselves, they do not seem to be worried about the health costs millions of disadvantaged Americans will have to pay.

Before Obamacare was enacted, healthcare companies were not at all willing to work with those with “pre-existing” medical conditions.

These individuals were regularly denied coverage or were forced to pay more because of the fact that they were expensive. Young, healthy people were easier and safer to insure. Along with Trump’s attempt to repeal this act comes a relapse of this once devastating time for those with these conditions.

The Kaiser Family Foundation projected that if the pre-existing conditions portion of ObamaCare is repealed, 52 million Americans could be denied coverage in the future. Some of these pre-existing “conditions” are pregnancy and transsexualism;  other conditions that would make it difficult to get health insurance are heavy periods, acne, allergies, and anxiety.

While Trump claims to have alternative bills that are supposedly trying to improve healthcare overall, many Americans are unaware that many patients will not see the positive outcomes of it and can still be denied even though they are told that they will be protected by The Republican Party. With simple “health problems” such as these, anyone could be denied health insurance,  causing masses of people to be uninsured, more untreated patients and a rise in deaths.

“He nor the Republicans in the Senate have produced a plan that will ensure more people, and they have not done anything like the congressional budget office that would lower the cost of healthcare or would increase the number of people who are insured,” said Robert Allen, 12th Grade Economics and Government teacher at Da Vinci Communications High School. “And those are two of the three most important components of healthcare, the third being quality.”

While Trump is set on his plan to repeal ObamaCare, there have been no plans made to begin a new chapter for healthcare anytime soon after the fact. Those dependent on this government aid will be left in a position of hopelessness, left in the shadows. With this pending repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, they will be left struggling to pay for the healthcare that they can’t afford.

Without government interference like Obamacare, many patients are left without the health care that they deserve and need to live a healthy life. Healthcare is a human right and although Obamacare might not be the solution to all of the healthcare’s problems, it has brought us one step closer to getting people necessities such as medical aid and treatment.