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Republican health bill collapses as 2 more senators oppose it

Republican health bill collapses as 2 more senators oppose it

Repeated attempts of the Trump administration to repeal and replace Obamacare ended in a fiasco on July 18, 2017, after two more Republican senators – Michael Lee of Utah and Gerald Moran of Kansas – decided to vote against the updated version of the health care bill touted as the party’s signature campaign promise.

Announcing his opposition to the legislation, Moran said, “We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy. This closed-door process has yielded the BCRA, which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address health care’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.”

The sudden decision of the two senators to oppose the Senate Republican health care (dubbed as Trumpcare) bill, has effectively killed the party’s efforts to undo the tenets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), formulated under the previous Barack Obama administration. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky had already opposed the Trumpcare, media reports said.

Though it is not clear as to what the Republicans plan to do next, President Donald Trump avowed to allow the ACA to fail. In a tweet marked on the same day, Trump posted, “As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!” Minutes before the government’s latest effort to pass the Trumpcare bill, the President had urged the Republicans to join hands in nullifying the principles underpinning Obamacare and start working on a new health care plan.

Trump blames Democrats again

In a series of tweets, Trump blamed the Democrats for the sudden and unexpected collapse of the health care legislation. Trump tweeted, “We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!” Declaring his plan to let Obamacare fail, Trump stressed that failure of the ACA to perform would leave Democrats with no option other than to work in conjunction with their counterparts, the Republicans, to get rid of the inadequacies contained in the ACA.

This is not the first time that Trump has blamed the Democratic Party members while trying to gain support for Trumpcare bill and push it through the Senate. In March 2017, Republican leaders faced an ignominious failure while trying to revoke Obamacare, casting doubts on the possibility of enacting the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that the incumbent President and his party leaders had promised to pass once they came to power.

Caring for people with mental disorder and/or addiction

Experts are of the opinion that repealing the Obamacare would endanger coverage for mental health and addiction problems. Treatment through Medicaid under the ACA has made it possible for many people with addiction to seek necessary treatment and remain drug-free. In addition, it has helped families seek treatment for their mentally ill loved ones using insurance coverage. While Obamacare requires all health insurance plans to cover mental health conditions, the BCRA frees plans from the liability of covering mental health treatment post 2019. Costs of addiction treatment would rise following rollback of Medicaid expansion.

Whatever be the fate of the Republican health care bill, Sovereign Health, a leading mental health care provider in the U.S., will continue its endeavor to provide advanced and customized treatment for psychiatric illnesses as well as substance abuse disorders. Addiction to any kind of drug can also result in mental disorders, thus, necessitating such patients to be treated at dual diagnosis rehab centers. Call at our 24/7 helpline number or chat online for more information about our dual diagnosis rehabilitation facilities spread across the U.S.

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