Pinoy impacted by Obamacare repeal, Trumpcare replacement

As former President Barack Obama accepted the “Profile in Courage” award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston, MA on Sunday.

The 44th president expressed his “fervent hope” that members of Congress would look beyond party lines when it comes to America’s healthcare system.

 “I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential,” said Obama. “But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm, those who often have no access to the corridors of power.”

Obama’s remarks in Boston came just days after the Trump administration and the Republican led House of Representatives celebrated the House approval of the American Health Care Act — at the White House rose garden.

Critics say Trump’s “victory lap” was quite premature since Obamacare is yet to be repealed or replaced in the Senate

President Obama’s signature healthcare reform gave 20 million more Americans health insurance.

 Among them is a Filipino-American in Seattle, Washington.

Bartender Mark Leavelle is among those who were uninsured prior to Obamacare.

His insurance has been covered by Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, since Obamacare was rolled out in 2014.

 “With Obamacare, state insurance they really helped me a lot kasi hindi ko ma-aafford yung katulad ng coloscopy, yung mga check up,” said Leavelle. “Meron din akong sleap apnea, hindi ko maaafford yung equipment na gagamitin mo.”

 If Obamacare is repealed and replaced with Trumpcare, Medicaid recipents like Leavelle may be affected.

Leavelle’s state of Washington is among those that adopted Medicaid expansion.

Under Obamacare, the federal government and the state pick up the tab and share the cost of insuring the poor.

The amount of money that federal government gives each state varies, depending on how much medical care that state’s Medicaid patients receive.

But under Trumpcare, if passed, each state will have a fixed budget per year and there will be no more additional funding that would cover Medicaid expansion, and is set to be eliminated by 2020.

“Kung halimbawa ngayon, kino-covered ako ng Obamacare, wala na rin akong magagawa kumg yun ang gagawin ng presidente ngayon, mas maganda kung titinganan niya rin ang mag maaaya,” said Leavelle.

 According to the Congressional budget office, under the original Trumpcare, about 24 million more Americans would be without  health insurance coverage by 2026 — especially low-income Americans, and those who are about to retire.



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  • Mario
    9 May 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    The GOP started to wipe-out all Obama legacy by celebrating the approval of AHCA (Amer Health Care Act).Obama finally come out in the open, this is the moment the GOP are waiting for, Obama who used to lead from behind, the GOP are prepared to face him MANO A MANO. Obamacare is yet to be repealed or replace in the Senate. Obamacare still the Healthcare of the land until the President Trump signs it probably before 2018 Nov election. If you get a problem on your insurance now, blame Obamacare, Trumpcare is still far from reality.Remember Democrat lost 1000+ electoral seats because of Obamacare. Before you make your comment, wait until Trumpcare is fully implemented, if you are not happy do not vote Republican on Nov 2018.