Many people are of the view that the repeal of Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare is all over, and it is a time to rejoice for anti-repeal activists. However, scratch that, it is not finished yet. A new wave is sweeping the White House at the moment, where Republican senators are trying to revive the call for a repeal of the Obamacare.
For one last time, Republican senators are trying to unify and repeal the Obamacare. Congressional and Trump administration sources revealed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying his best to get a vote on a bill that would reduce the government’s role in the health care system and in lieu, provide block grants to states. The Republicans have time until the end of the month to push the bill through Congress, despite the fact that the principal focus has shifted to tax reforms at the moment.
Toppling Obamacare a poll promise for Republicans
Although no concrete decision has come up, GOP leaders are hoping to bring the bill to the floor if it gets the support of at least 50 of the 52 GOP senators. This would give the Republicans one more chance to repeal the ACA, repealing which was a long-time party pledge.
“McConnell and his team are engaged and serious about the vote and working with the conference to build support for Graham-Cassidy. The White House is also operating with all hands on deck,” said reports.
The Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) written bill, which is short by 50 votes, would replace Obamacare’s tax subsidies with block grants, if voted to power. It will subsequently end the law’s individual insurance mandate and reduce Medicaid expansion.
There is a lot of movement in the House as Republicans are bent on trying to repeal Obamacare. White House officials, according to an administration executive, started calling Republican Senate offices since last week to whip Senate votes. The ardent supporters and people rallying behind the Graham-Cassidy bill have kept their efforts up to gather as much support as they can.
Graham has called on President Donald Trump to give his support to the bill, which is paying off, as the momentum is gathering storm among Republicans. However, nothing is certain until the end of this month. For Trump, repealing Obamacare is an obsession, which remained a seven-year GOP poll promise.
Repealing Obamacare may adversely affect mental health protections
If Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is phased out, it could affect 1.2 million Americans who enjoy the cover for their serious mental illness and substance abuse problems. It is never easy living with mental health conditions or dealing with abuse problems.
Both the problems need sufficient financial assistance to tide over them and insurance is a great way to bear such expenses. Whether it is mental illness or substance abuse problem, early intervention is the only way to combat it. Delaying treatment would exacerbate symptoms, making it difficult during an intervention.
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