Our representatives are on the brink of instating a health care plan that epitomizes separate and unequal. Thirteen U.S. Senators – all white men – sat behind closed doors in Washington, D.C. and crafted a replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Their proposed bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), based off of the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), would only benefit people like themselves – healthy, wealthy white men – and quarantine the rest of the country into the confines of high-cost, low-quality health care.
The Senate’s inequitable protection plan would disproportionately hurt the sick, the poor, the elderly, women and people of color. It would make healthcare more expensive for seniors and people who are already sick, increase out-of-pocket costs for doctor’s visits, slash subsidies to help low-income people pay for health insurance, and cut Medicaid support to states by nearly $1 trillion.
In more than 20 years as a health and social policy professional, I have witnessed the dire consequences of African Americans living without health care, and I have watched the ACA repair some of the most egregious inequities in our health care system. If the Senate bill passes, the impact will devastate, and, in many cases, lethal. (St. Louis American)