Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, citizens had the provision that private insurance plans will cover recommended preventive services without any patient cost-sharing. So in short, it attempted to ensure that all Americans were insured and have feasible access to health care. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, is somewhat of a debate among left and right wing politicians. The act wasn’t necessarily relevant or related in any controversy until Republicans became the major party of the White House and began contesting the Act. It was actually deemed unpopular before this, and now, a majority of adults are in favor of the ACA.
Across racial and ethnic groups, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services reported that 16.4 million previously uninsured people had gained coverage since 2010. Less people were at risk of dying and insufficient healthcare.
Despite the tremendous aid that the bill seemed to bring to the underprivileged citizen of the US, a Senator Orrin Hatch says “Obamacare was the stupidest, dumb-ass bill that I’ve ever seen, Hatch said. “Now some of you may have loved it; if you do, you are one of the stupidest dumb-ass people I’ve ever met.” Instead, he praised the GOP tax legislation that penalized people who don’t purchase health insurance. What this Senator said could be directly compared to Donald Trump’s infamous harsh words that were brought up recently, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”
The background of this comment was that Trump was in a White House meeting with lawmakers, and were discussing the old and controversial immigration proposal. When the issue of the visa lottery came up, and it was proposed that some of the visas permitted be given to underrepresented countries in Africa and Haiti, Trump took this and turned it into the worst thing a President has said since…. Well just the worst thing.
These comments are both immature and uncalled for, and should not be coming from the mouths of people who hold as much power in our government as they do, and who are very representational within the society. They give the White House a name. We should not have to be adhering to these ignorant, infantile, extreme statements made by the Senator that really opposes affordable insurance, and our president, who wants to rid America of immigrants.
Hatch did recently apologize, and so did President Trump. However, this doesn’t change the fact of their insensitivity. Of course, there Is always going to be a difference of opinion within the extremes of the political spectrum. Everyone is entitled to that opinion. What is an interesting fact to take into consideration is that, most of these incidents that occur, in which someone unintentionally or unpleasantly offends/disrupts the public with their so-called opinion, it is usually a conservative, republican who has a background of privilege. How interesting.
Now, over 13 million people will be uninsured for many years to come. Additionally, many immigrants within America are living in state of uncertainty because of the stall on negotiations on the bill. Even after taking this into consideration, we hear the main components of both bills saying these things, and a lot comes into question on their credibility. It does not seem to add up that the same people creating bills that affect out healthcare and the immigration policies are the same people with the pottymouths of a 15 year old. Are we in good hands?