Today the Republican-controlled House repealed the Affordable Care Act that passed Congress and was signed into law last year. This policy is incredibly important to the health of American citizens and includes many “meaningful solutions to the complex problems currently plaguing the public health system and the people it serves,” according to the American Public Health Association (APHA). By overhauling it, the Republicans have voted to
- Inhibit 32 million Americans from getting health insurance
- Decrease the public health and primary care workforce who are at the forefront of disease prevention
- Allow health insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, including a Cesarean section delivery
- Prohibit millions of young adults from being on their parents’ health insurance
- Deny tax breaks for small businesses that provide health care to their employees
This is just a short list. I’m truly surprised that anyone would vote against a health care reform that could benefit millions of people.
But the battle is not over. The Democratic-controlled Senate has stated that it will not act on the bill, thereby hampering it. We will have to wait and see what happens.