Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, was passed in 2010, about 47 million people in the United States were uninsured. Now, millions of Americans have health care coverage, including thousands of seniors and people with disabilities using Medicare. The ACA protected seniors from exorbitant prescription drug costs. From 2010–2011, more than 5.1 million people on Medicare saved more than $3.5 billion on medications. Obamacare also provided annual wellness and preventative care exams for Medicare seniors to prevent more costly treatments later.
The ACA also protected people with disabilities and with preexisting conditions. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to people with chronic conditions or refuse to pay for treatment for those with disabilities. Also, policies no longer have annual or lifetime caps, meaning those who are more inclined to need consistent medical care are no longer punished financially for it.
Ever since its implementation years ago, the Republican Party has threatened time and time again to repeal the ACA. Now that that majority of Congress is Republican and a member of the same party sits in the White House, it seems only a matter of time before the Affordable Care Act will be scrapped by a group of people whose interests lie more with improving corporate revenue than the lives of American people. Of those who currently use the Affordable Care Act to purchase their health care, 19 million would lose coverage within the first year. The number would increase incrementally until the number reached 24 million in a couple of years.
As of now, while they work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Congress has failed to introduce any evidence of an alternative. Whichever state you reside in, whether it’s red or blue, your representatives need to hear from you. If you want to defend the Affordable Care Act and the people protected by it, call (866) 426-2631, enter your zip code, and speak to your congress members. Ask to speak to the health staffer. While you’re on the phone, consider making some of the following points:
- Don’t repeal the ACA without a simultaneous replacement.
- Seniors and those with disabilities need Medicaid. Don’t cut funding.
- Keep Medicare to help seniors and those with disabilities.
If you also have personal stories to share about how the ACA helped you or your family, it can’t hurt to share it with your representative. Congress needs to hear from the people who voted for them.
Talk to one of our San Francisco personal injury attorneys about what you can do legally in the event the ACA is repealed without replacement. Call us at (415) 688-2176 or fill out our online form with your case details.