The Trump administration is pushing hard to do away with Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. Presidential candidate Joe Biden warns that dismantling the Affordable Care Act will make healthcare impossible for those who’ve had coronavirus.
Without Obamacare, the burden would be even tougher on those with coronavirus since COVID-19 could be deemed a preexisting condition, hence not covered by insurance. Many people are experiencing long-term effects from COVID-19, including lung scarring, heart damage, stroke, and even brain damage. If these were considered preexisting conditions, they would not be covered or incur exorbitant premiums.
In a speech made in Pennsylvania, one of the states hardest hit by the pandemic in both jobs and lives, Biden spoke out against Trump’s intentions to get rid of Obamacare.
The Trump administration’s move to repeal Obamacare
In 2017, Congress voted to remove the individual mandate from the ACA, which meant a tax penalty for those who did not sign up for health insurance. Now, Republicans are arguing that the entire law is unconstitutional.
The Trump administration recently filed a legal brief to the Supreme Court stating that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, should be invalidated. Trump stated, “What we want to do is terminate it and give great health care.” However, the Republicans have not come up with a clear alternative health plan.
The move has its origins in an ongoing U.S. Supreme Court Case case Texas v. U.S., which challenges the ACA. Taking away Obamacare would leave 20 million people without health coverage.
A “heartless crusade”
Biden said of coronavirus patients: “They would live their lives caught in a vise between Donald Trump’s twin legacies: his failure to protect the American people from the coronavirus, and his heartless crusade to take health-care protections away from American families.” Later, he stated, “If Donald Trump refuses to end his senseless crusade against health coverage, I look forward to ending it for him.”
Consequences of repealing the ACA
Removing the ACA would leave Americans without many healthcare protections, including:
- A rule preventing insurers from denying coverage to patients with preexisting conditions
- Mandates on prescription drug costs
- Expanded Medicaid
- Coverage for those who previously couldn’t get coverage
- Other protections for Americans preventing overcharging and denying coverage
Biden is calling for Trump to drop the lawsuit. The Biden campaign plans to unveil their healthcare plan soon, which will feature lower premiums and end surprise billing, he claims. His plan will be closer to universal coverage, but not exactly Medicare for All.
“If you’re sick, if you’re struggling, if you’re worried about how you’re going to get through the day, I will not abandon you,” promised Biden. “I will not leave you to face these challenges alone, and we’re going to get through this together.”