BBC School ReportOur students, making the news

By Daniel Star

On Friday 13th October 2017, American President Donald Trump announced that he was trying to kill Obamacare, which is actually the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the USA that aims to shrink the number of American citizens with health insurance and ensures every American citizen has access to good coverage.

He actually announced that his administration had stopped payments that lowered the health costs for American citizens with modest incomes. This has happened because of the American Senate failing twice, in months recent as of October 2017, to repeal the act. Without cost-sharing reduction, the American government gives to insurance companies, the companies are expected to raise their rates by another 12-15 percent by 2018 for the individual market. This will mean that another 1 million American citizens would be left without insurance.

Here are some quotes from our Year 8s on the matter:

“He should stop being a looney and knock some sense into him.”

“I think Obamacare is good as we [UK citizens] have free healthcare and it works out fine for us.”

Before the American ACA existed, according to The Charlotte Observer, the costs for healthcare were “skyrocketing” and “insurance plans seemed to be covering less and less”, which caused many Americans to want the healthcare to have an overhaul and be very scared about changing jobs. It is also notable that Obamacare lowered prescription drug costs for some Americans and put “an end to annual and lifetime limits on coverage.”

According to Bangor Daily News, the Trump administration cut spending for programs which encourage people to enrol in ACA (which stands for Affordable Care Act) plans by 90 percent. According to The New York Times, the combined effect of stopping the insurance payments and an executive order signed by Donald Trump will destabilize the ACA’s individual market which will tempt younger and healthier people to buy a short-term policy with low premiums. It also says that the insurance companies will either increase premiums tremendously or withdraw completely from sparsely populated counties.

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