Welcome to the real “death panels, ” known of in Trump’s “alternative fact speak” as “Survivability Assessment Panels”
Under the Republican plan, not only will fewer people be insured than before the Affordable Care Act, the remainder, through wanton deregulation of the insurance industry, will be under insured. The reason healthcare professionals propose the plan is that it limits treatment options and places a huge economic risk on treatment providers who can never be assured of reimbursement. Others are concerned that getting treatments authorize in time to save critically ill patents may be an impossibility. Here are the factors doctors are facing when assessing what treatments insurers will pay for:
- Rural patients, those who live 50 or more miles from major teaching hospitals will be denied transplants or high cost care where family support is key
- Patients with low income, poor education or “unstable life styles,” renters or those with less than excellent credit will be denied some standards of care
- Smokers, drinkers, those with a history of drug use are to be considered low treatment priorities
- Some mental health factors will be taken into consideration including veterans with PTSD and those suffering depression or stress related illnesses, will be designated “less survivable”
By 2026, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured if Congress enacts the healthcare proposal, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law, according to the report. President Donald Trump, who supports the legislation, vowed that the plan would provide “insurance for everybody”.
The bill, called the American Health Care Act, faces intensifying opposition from conservatives, Democrats, consumer interest groups and nearly every sector of the US healthcare industry.
The ACHA seeks to radically transform and cut Medicaid, one of America’s largest social safety nets; end requirements for Americans to purchase healthcare; allow insurance companies to charge the old five times more than the young; expand tax-free health savings accounts; cut taxes that would disproportionately benefit the wealthy; and shrink subsidies that benefit the middle class.
At the same time, it allows insurance companies to levy a 30% surcharge to anyone who does not have insurance for more than two months, meant to incentivize people to keep insurance.
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