The GOP is getting another shot at repealing and replacing Obamacare on Thursday, as the House moves to vote on the new replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. But it might not be smooth sailing, despite the Republican majority in the House and Senate. The new version of the health care plan opts to let states waive the requirement to cover pre-existing conditions, and considers domestic and sexual assault pre-existing conditions. People are not happy about it, and tweeted their representatives to vote "no" on the AHCA on Thursday.
In March, the GOP attempted to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it failed before it even got to a vote. The House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of Republicans, wasn't on board with the plan that they saw as too moderate. Since then, the plan has been adjusted to satisfy some of their wishes. However, many are now upset about the possibility that patients may be charged higher premiums for pre-existing conditions as a result of the MacArthur Amendment. Obamacare protected those with pre-existing conditions by not allowing them to be charged more for their insurance. The MacArthur Amendment allows states to decide what coverage the state plans are required to offer, which could potentially cut off coverage for certain things, as well as charge higher rates to patients who let their insurance lapse for several months.
On Tuesday, Rep. Fred Upton proposed an amendment to set aside $8 billion to protect patients who could be in trouble if the state did decide to waive the law. However, opponents of the bill argue that $8 billion will not be nearly enough money to cover premiums of those who have pre-existing conditions and whose health care may be affected by the AHCA.
Americans are not thrilled by the potential of pre-existing conditions being considered in their premium rates for health care, and took to Twitter ahead of the vote to take a stand against this version of the bill and implore their representatives to #VoteNoAHCA.
1. Worries About Pre-Existing Conditions
I have a pre-existing condition and shouldn't have to worry that a lapse in coverage could mean financial ruin and/or death. #VoteNoAHCA— Hulieann (@Hulieann) May 4, 2017
2. Insurance Through Your Employer Could Change
3. Who Will Be Hurt By The Bill
This Bill is anti-women— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) May 4, 2017
Anti people who are poor
Anti black and brown
Anti pre-existing condition
4. It's A Tax Cut For The Rich
5. It Will Not Help Americans
Trumpcare is what it looks like when a govt declares war on its own citizens. Millions of Americans will be hurt or die. #VoteNoAHCA— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) May 4, 2017
6. It Gives Money Back To Rich
7. Pre-Existing Conditions Focused On Women
Bill against women. C-sections, post-partum depression, and domestic violence are pre-existing conditions. #VoteNoAHCA— Suzana Lightman (@suzana_lightman) May 4, 2017
8. Lifetime Limits Would Send Costs Soaring
My daughter was born 3 months early -if she had a lifetime limit on her benefits, we would have hit it before she left the NICU. #VoteNoAHCA— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) May 4, 2017
9. The Bill Is Being Rushed
#VoteNoAHCA if the bill is so good why rush it through without CBO score? Because the GOP is screwing the general public once again— Tish Franklin (@franklin_tish) May 4, 2017
10. Congress Can't Relate
11. Mental Health Coverage Is Essential
12. The GOP Is Hypocritical
13. There Was No Debate
14. Skyrocketing Costs For Pre-Existing Conditions
15. Health Organizations Oppose It
AARP: AGAINST— Rep. Brendan Boyle (@CongBoyle) May 4, 2017
Am. Cancer Society: AGAINST
Sean Spicer: "This is great legislation"#VoteNoAHCA
16. It Would Leave Many Uninsured
17. It Costs Those Who Need It Most
18. We Can't Afford To Go Back To Pre-Obamacare Policies
19. The Bill Congress Is Voting On Would Not Even Apply To Them
20. You Can Do Everything Right And Still Have A Pre-Existing Condition
21. Congress Shouldn't Vote On A Bill Just To Get A Win
#VoteNoAHCA because a major bill that drastically alters American healthcare shouldn't be fast-tracked so the GOP feels better about itself— Thomas Vought (@TomVought) May 4, 2017
Some see the GOP's inability to repeal and replace Obamacare quickly (as they've repeatedly promised) as a defeat during a time when the Trump administration could use a win. Passing the AHCA would be that win that Trump could claim, but it would be at the cost of the Americans who would be harmed in the crossfire.
There are many different opinions about the AHCA in its current form, but these points are valid and lawmakers should certainly consider them before voting to alter Americans' health care — likely for the worse.