Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, to replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The AHCA is a rushed bill that no longer requires insurance companies to sell coverage to patients with preexisting conditions. Preexisting conditions would now include being a rape victim or being born with a heart defect. Planned Parenthood would be defunded by this bill. Millions of people would lose their health insurance under the AHCA, and many of them could potentially die as a result. The only people who benefit are the extreme wealthy. If you are old, sick, female, or poor, you are screwed. It’s now up to the Senate to figure out if they have a conscience or not, because apparently the House of Representatives have misplaced theirs indefinitely.
This is normally where I’d say something snarky, but I’m just not in the mood. I’d hoped so much that this bill wouldn’t pass. I even called my representative this morning, as did my sister. I’m so tired of hoping that Republicans will prove us wrong. I just want some moderates to crop up and rule in the favor in the people, you know? Well, not this time. Probably not for a very long time.
As some of you know, I’m currently on health insurance through the ACA. It’s what allows me to substitute teach while attending graduate school. While I’ve gone without health insurance for long periods (years) before, I’m relieved that this is no longer necessary. I’m very fortunate. I’m 31 years old and childless. I also tend to be disgustingly healthy. It’s been my privilege to take part in the ACA, drawing down the costs of those not so fortunate. Because people like me have Obamacare, the truly sick can afford their premiums. I made their health insurance possible. It’s heady stuff.
Now that might go away. It’s a heavy price people in this country will have to pay, just so the Republicans can make a point. Message received: their desires are more important than the health and safety of the people they represent. Shame on every single one of them.