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I understand that the Affordable Care Act is not ideal, and I understand that with every new administration there are huge shifts in our economic and social landscapes that help shape the future of our country to (hopefully) be a better place. The Affordable Care Act has pushed the uninsured rate to historic lows, and the GOP's American Health Care Act is likely to push it higher than it was before the ACA became law. So how does the American Health Care Act address pre-existing conditions? Baloney. Sick people could be charged premiums so high as to make insurance unaffordable.

AHCA proponents claim the ACA is imploding, hurting the average American and puts Big Government at the center of the US healthcare system. "I'm just not sure what it means", Deborah Graham, a practice manager for Orlando Urology Associates, said Friday. The Congressional Budget office estimates that approximately 8 million Veterans fall into this category and depend on private health insurance with the help of tax credits. In reality, the insurance companies' end goal is not to reduce the cost of health care, but, rather, to increase it. People don't have to have insurance.

Instead, the measure would encourage people to maintain coverage by prohibiting insurance companies from cutting them off or charging more for pre-existing conditions as long as their insurance didn't lapse.

While it looks unlikely that the AHCA will successfully pass the Senate in its current form, it's evident from the amount of reactions to Harris's tongue-in-cheek tweet that many Americans - both Democrats and Republicans - are feeling passionate, and rightfully so, about future their healthcare coverage.

The amendment, inserted into the bill this week, would allow states to opt-out of an ACA provision barring insurers from setting costs based on individuals' health or pre-existing conditions.

"Not only would the AHCA eliminate health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, the legislation would, in many cases, eliminate the ban against charging those with underlying medical conditions vastly more for their coverage", Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, warned in a statement Wednesday, May 3.

The only better alternative to the Affordable Care Act is a single-payer system, such as Medicare for all, which would put all Americans into the same giant insurance pool. To do so, however, states must first come up with other ways to insure these sicker plan members, since they are nearly certain to face unaffordable rates. But those voters have been lied to from the start about the Affordable Care Act.

The battleground for new federal health insurance legislation may be in the same place as last year's presidential election was decided: rural America. All of these lies have been proven wrong.

When they undermine and take away the healthcare we need as women, they're clearly saying that women and our ability to plan and care for our families are not their priority. Insurers have been pulling out because of the uncertainty Republicans have created. Her plan through the Affordable Care Act covers treatment for her asthma and attention deficit disorder, but she's afraid the Republican plan will mean she can no longer afford doctor's visits and medication.

Here we come to the heart of the matter. "All to pay for a major tax cut for millionaires". According to the Center for American Progress, if a 40-year-old client has diabetes without any complications, it is estimated they will pay extra premium costs of $5,600 over the $4,020 yearly premium of a healthy individual.


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