ELI STEELE: Working American fights pandemic, supply chain and inflation to keep business alive
A few days ago, the U.S. Senate passed the American Health Care Act by a vote of 55-45. It is being written up as a new health care bill that may be sold as a “comprehensive” approach to healthcare.
As you might guess, I do not believe that.
As health care experts and providers try and decipher what it will mean and how it might change the market and patient care, I urge readers to read the bill, take a deep breath and then move out of the way.
For one thing, the Senate bill, dubbed ACA-2, was written by people who have no experience in healthcare or working with the healthcare system. Their ideas on how to fix the system are unproven. The Senate version of the bill does not protect Medicare recipients or those with pre-existing conditions, and it would result in substantial cuts in Medicaid funding and would result in millions uninsured and unable to get health care.
But the real danger here is that the bill would cut taxes for very few individuals and corporations, not enough to make a difference one way or the other.
If the Senate bill is passed and the House version is allowed to be voted on, my advice to you would be to move out of the way.
Because there are better ways to get your money and better ways to make sure that you and your fellow Americans do not lose out on your Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
The bottom line is this: When it comes to healthcare, it doesn’t matter how well the Senate or the House version of the bill gets written. The bill will be voted on and the bill will pass into law.
If we are to keep the economy going because Americans have no option but to get back to work, we have to maintain the status quo. To do that, we have to stop the spread of this virus.
But more important, we have to get our health and well-being back on track because health care has become the