Opinion: Trump’s health care reform will have corporate healthcare casualties


With the repeal of Obamacare, a new storm is barreling in President Trump’s health care plan. President Trump is currently proposing a plan that will only last up to three years, an inadequate reform for an inadequate system.

Our government wants health care reform, but how can results be expected from their legislative reform if hospitals do not have the resources needed to meet the needs of the people who will be directly affected by the changes pushed towards them. Although the majority of medical providers hope to help sick patients, hospital companies, like Kaiser Permanente, are unfortunately more focused on acquiring money than providing resources for adequate health care. A 2014 Commonwealth Fund report found that, though “the United States health care system is the most expensive in the world,” it still consistently “underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance.” But this does not have to be the case. Kaiser and other similar companies charge people thousands of dollars simply to see their primary care doctor once or twice every year. For some families, that just is not financially feasible. The implementation of ObamaCare seemed to give people the real possibility of having coverage that did not require the spending of their entire paycheck. The latest five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the national poverty rate has dropped to 14.6 percent and continues to decrease; to help reduce that menacing number more, American politicians must recognize the need for a comprehensive, affordable health care plan for every citizen in America.

President Trump promises “insurance for everyone,” but still fails to provide specifics and adequate detail regarding how his proposed insurance plan will function. People who rely on ObamaCare to simply live face great uncertainty and are utterly dependent on a system that only seeks a favorable bottom line and fails to acknowledge the people it will step on. According to the Final Marketplace, Trump’s reforms may weaken the coverage plans of patients with pre-existing conditions, consumers can lose in-person assistance and the more affordable standardized “Simple Choice” plans may disappear. The patients who were dependent on in-person experiences with their health care providers now must rely on an insufficient internet interaction or a phone call with a hospital representative. With the proposed weakened standards, states will have the power to benchmark their largest plans’ benefits, opening the door for states to allow plans that provide very limited coverage. Patients with expensive pre-existing conditions, such as cancer or organ failure, will experience more difficulty in acquiring donor organs or chemotherapy because the system will not want to pay for expensive treatment without a fight.

As the push towards cheaper, more cost-effective health care grows stronger, there is a void forming that patients without advocates will inevitably fall into. Beloved family members will be neglected by a system that prioritizes saving money and protecting themselves from future lawsuits. The system that the government wants to be reformed does not need a new insurance plan for everyone; it needs a complete makeover; it needs to be turned inside out. Health care needs a complete reform that endures, not a plan that will hold for three years like what President Trump has in mind.

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