[OPINION] Worried about your health care during the pandemic? The Supreme Court decides that Obamacare continues to live! –


The file photo shows supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrating in Supreme Court in 2015 after a favorable ruling. Photo by Doug Mills / The New York Times / Redux

OUR generation faces the greatest threat to our lives and security from the coronavirus pandemic, which to date has already infected over 178 million people worldwide, killing at least 3.84 million.

The United States of America, allegedly the most powerful and richest country in the world, has not been spared with more than 33.5 million confirmed cases and has claimed at least 601,000 deaths.

Yet even as we face this protracted war on the invisible enemy, Republicans have never ceased their 10-year battle to destroy the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare – the greatest legacy of the first black president of the United Nations. United States, Barack Obama.

Since the enactment of Obamacare, the Grand Old Party (GOP) has been obsessed with repealing and replacing Obamacare, offering nothing to replace it, despite more than a decade of promises to offer a better health care for the American people.

Such an obsession has given rise to three cases that have gone to the Supreme Court. However, on Thursday, June 17, the highest court upheld the Affordable Care Act in a vote of 7 judges against two judges.

As MarketWatch reported: “The now-rejected court challenge from Texas and 17 other Republican-leaning states said that the entire Obama-era statute had to fall because the mandate to purchase insurance or pay expenses. fee was unconstitutional. In 2017, Congress reduced the warrant fee for people without insurance to $ 0. Obamacare also survived two previous Supreme Court decisions in 2012 and 2015. ”

If you are one of the 31 million Americans who have some form of coverage under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, fear no more. Obamacare lives with the Supreme Court ruling.

According to the report, “The Urban Institute, an economic and social policy research organization in Washington, DC, estimated that canceling the ACA would have left 21.1 million people uninsured, an increase of 69% nationally. These estimates are based on a projection of coverage and spending in 2022 that anticipates a partial economic recovery after COVID-19 ”

The people who would be most affected in the event of a fall in Obamacare “would be located in states where per capita health care coverage has been most widely adopted,” the report said. “They include Maine, Kentucky, West Virginia, Montana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

“Overall, uninsurance in the 37 states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA (including DC) will more than double,” the report said, citing the Urban Institute.

In this third case, the Supreme Court had to decide – California v. Texas, # 19-840 – the majority argued that “states do not have standing to question the validity of the ACA. Separately, a group of attorneys general, led by the attorney general of California, said that Obamacare was operating effectively, given that the sentence had been reduced to zero and, as such, they also argued that the “warrant individual “is separate from the operation of the law,” Market Watch reported.

By filtering out all the noise and lobbying efforts by health insurance companies, hospitals, drug companies and their allies in Congress to discredit Obamacare, let’s recall how the Affordable Care Act actually saved lives by providing insurance. – disease to more Americans than ever before, especially during our war on COVID-19.

As MarketWatch reported:

“When enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act brought several important changes to the health insurance industry. It has created new markets for qualified health plans, it has offered tax credits in the form of grants to those eligible for income using these market plans. It expanded eligibility for Medicaid and also banned insurers from using pre-existing condition exclusions.

In February, 11.3 million people were registered with the market plans, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Services. About 1 million people are also enrolled in ACA’s Basic Health Care Program for Income-Eligible Consumers. It also includes 14.8 million people covered through expanded Medicaid eligibility and approximately 4 million people who were already eligible for Medicaid, but obtained coverage through outreach.

The Biden administration opened a special registration window until August 15 to give people the chance to get coverage as the pandemic continued. More than 528,000 people registered in April, according to the Associated Press.

These facts call for real, honest answers to the question: why do Republicans want to kill Obamacare when they couldn’t offer anything better to help save people’s lives?

Is healthcare reserved for the privileged few?

Isn’t health care an integral part of fulfilling America’s promise that in this country, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among others? which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness “?

Fortunately, the Biden administration is claiming this promise for the American people. Health care is a right for everyone, not just the rich and powerful. A healthier population creates a richer and more productive nation. Let’s invest in our people. Health care and education for all is the key to America’s success, leadership and greatness.

Gel Santos Relos

Gel Santos Relos is the anchor of TFC’s “Balitang America”. The views and opinions expressed by the author in this column are solely those of the author and not of Asian Journal and ABS-CBN-TFC. For comments go to www.TheFil-AmPerspective.com and www.facebook.com/Gel.Santos.Relos


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