Health

This Tweet About a Father's Medical Bill is Going Viral

January 15th 2017

By:
Willie Burnley Jr.

House and Senate Republicans moved to begin repealing the Affordable Care Act last week.

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While the demise of the Affordable Care Act would be a significant political victory for those politicians, who have sought for years to undo the healthcare law, those who have benefited from it are anticipating repeal with great deal of concern.

On Saturday, writer Megh Wright became the latest person on social media to share how the death of Obamacare would impact her family.

Wright, a deputy editor for the online comedy blog Splitsider, shared a hospital bill claiming to show how much more her father would have to pay for one of his prescription drugs if he lost access to the coverage he gained through Obamacare.

Since its passage in 2010, around 20 million people have gained access to insurance through the Affordable Care Act's provisions, which include government subsidies for private health care plans, expansion of Medicaid, and the elimination of discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions.

Though not without its failings — most notably a lack of competition on the healthcare exchanges created by the law, which has led to a spike in the cost of healthcare plans — its impending repeal has lead to an outpouring of social media support.

The same day that House Republicans voted to begin dismantling Obamacare, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was confronted at a town hall by a lifelong Republican who said that without the President’s healthcare law he would be dead.

Republicans have yet to announce a plan to replace the healthcare law.

While President-elect Donald Trump has urged congressional Republicans to repeal and place the law in one fell swoop, some lawmakers have expressed a lack of confidence in their ability to pull off the legislative feat.

In its absence, many Americans worry that they will lose their health insurance and be subject to paying for prescriptions and treatment out of pocket, expenses that are much cheaper in every other industrialized country.