The AHCA means an uncertain future for so many Americans
The GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare just passed the House, and it has some Americans literally fearing for their lives.
The plan proposes rolling back protections people received under Obamacare that forced insurance companies to cover their pre-existing conditions without higher premiums. Under the new bill, CNN reports, dozens of health conditions, from acne to diabetes to cancer to sleep apnea, could preclude people from qualifying for coverage or make their premiums prohibitively expensive.
The list of conditions that may not qualify for coverage under the new plan is extensive, and it has Americans realizing that even if they themselves don’t have a pre-existing condition, they know a lot of people who do. They’ve been taking to social media to share their stories about how this healthcare bill will effect them if it passes the Senate, and it’s pretty devastating. Here are just a few of the stories being shared under #IAmAPreexistingCondition.
— Beth Oneto (@OnetoBeth) May 5, 2017
— Bluebirdhelen (@BluebirdHelenG) May 5, 2017
— NaturesEncore (@naturesencore) May 5, 2017
I was diagnosed with TYPE 1 Diabetes at 16. I need several insulin injections a day to live. There is no cure yet. #IAmAPreexistingCondition
— A Couple of Dreamers (@AngelaAndFriend) May 5, 2017
I have auto-immune disorder.
Before the ACA, getting health insurance was a nightmare. I was rejected 3 times.#IAmAPreexistingCondition
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) May 5, 2017
#IAmAPreexistingCondition I was diagnosed at age 7 with juvinile Rheumatoid Arthritis. A shot I take once a week costs $2,000 pre insurance
— Stella Yanda (@mormonbae) May 5, 2017
— ellen maxon (@amaze_elle) May 5, 2017
Beside the heartbreaking stories from those who stand to lose their health coverage, there’s plenty of commentary on the bill and the havoc it could wreak on American lives.
— Hannah Stein (@hannahjewcy) May 4, 2017
We live in a country were if you have a preexisting mental health condition you can get a gun, but not healthcare. #IAmAPreExistingCondition
— Gilluis Pérez (@Gilluis_Perez) May 5, 2017
— taty (@tpoloai) May 5, 2017
That last tweet really nails it. Senators, we hope you’re listening.