No exaggeration. This is murder. This list of what will happen if the GOP new Healthcare bill passes by Unicorn Booty‘s Matt Baume is no joke. It’s bad.
1. Goodby Medicaid
People with HIV obtain health insurance through Medicaid more than through any other source. The Republican’s proposed bill would destroy Medicaid. According to the CBO, 32 million people are expected to lose coverage. In the previous system HIV positive people could not access Medicaid until their HIV progressed to AIDS.
Childless people will face additional challenges to getting Medicaid and LGBTQ people often have no children. They would be barred from obtaining care. Obamacare fixed that — Trumpcare breaks it.
2. Planned Parenthood Access Denied
The bill bans Medicaid repayments to Planned Parenthood — and that will be potentially disastrous for transgender Americans. For many, Planned Parenthood is the ONLY place they can gain access to medical care. People in rural settings will have almost nowhere to go if they don’t have access to local Planned Parenthood clinics.
Planned Parenthood is often the only place where people in remote areas can get HIV testing. VP Mike Pence caused a massive HIV outbreak as Gov of Indiana after the only available Planned Parenthood in one particular area was shut down by the state.
3. It Will Be MUCH Harder to Get Covered
The House version of the bill imposes a yearlong 30% surcharge on anyone who went two months without coverage. The Senate version is even worse, blocking people from insurance for six months if their coverage lapsed.
LGBTQ people have been disproportionately under-insured and Obamacare balanced that, in large part due to Medicaid. But that will go away too.
4. It’s Even MORE Expensive
Coverage costs will go up for everyone. Trumpcare does away with with the individual mandate that requires everyone to be covered. Young, healthy people will opt-out of the system and it will be flooded with people who need expensive care. So, premiums will go up.
LGBTQ seniors are especially screwed. They have special needs and will end up paying much more for much less coverage.
5. Wealthcare for the Rich
One group that will benefit from the GOP plan? The super-rich. Getting rid of the Medicaid expansion will allow for more tax breaks for the richest Americans. It is not a health care bill — it’s a tax cut. Period.
Thanks, Trump Voters. Your President is obsessed with blood. If this bill passes, you’ll have it on your hands too.
(via Unicorn Booty)