There is no replacement for our care
By EJ Montini
There has been so much tawdry and titillating news this week, you may not have noticed that people you elected took another step toward killing your health care. And perhaps indirectly ... you.
Republican attorneys general (supported by President Donald Trump) filed a lawsuit to kill the Affordable Care Act, a case heard this week by a federal appeals court in New Orleans.
If the lawsuit succeeds (it may well end up at the Supreme Court), the prohibitions against being denied health care coverage for preexisting conditions will disappear and Obamacare would suddenly cease to exist, more than 20 million Americans could find themselves without health insurance. Just like that.
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If that were to occur, with no replacement plan in place (and there is none), people would die. There is no way around it.
Uninsured individuals with no access to medical care will fall victim to otherwise preventable or treatable illnesses.
And that isn’t the only impact. There are major provisions of Obamacare that Americans agree with. They, too, would disappear. Like allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.
And reductions in Medicare costs ranging from drug coverage to premiums. Caps on out-of-pocket spending would disappear. As would prohibitions on things like lifetime limits.
It goes on.