President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party are not only burning down President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, they are destroying many years of bipartisan healthcare legislation which has acted as a healthcare safety net for millions of Americans. The legislation was made much before Obama took over the White House.
The mainstream media has no inkling of the damage the Trump administration is doing to Americans. Trump has already bragged about his decision where he suspended all the supplemental strategies which assist low-income Americans to make payments under ACA. The President is pursuing an 'all you can destroy' policy so that he can get the victory which he could not attain due to the recalcitrant attitude of Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, and Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader. Trump has permitted the lapse of two key healthcare programs. This lapses went under the radar of the media due to more TRP-worthy news being available.
The CHIP or Children's Health Insurance Program that encompass about nine million children, lapsed. Another program which lapsed is the authorization for Federally Qualified Health Center program. This is vital for public health protection. The latter is primarily used by poor individuals living in the rural United States. Ironically, these are the same people who have voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Importance of CHIP
CHIP offers low-cost healthcare to about nine million children coming from families earning a low income. It became law in 1997 when President Bill Clinton introduced the legislation. The next president, George W. Bush, made no changes to the program. This law reduced the uninsured children's percentage from 14 percent to 4.5 percent. About 43 percent of American children were insured under CHIP and Medicaid.
A minimum of 10 US states will exhaust their CHIP funds by end 2017. Five states- West Virginia, Utah, Texas, Minnesota, and Arizona will be soon compelled to shut down the program or freeze enrollment due to lack of funds. As per Kaiser Family Foundation, 48 of 50 states have assumed that Congress will automatically reauthorize CHIP, as was the custom for the previous 20 years, at the time of the 2018 state budgets. The scheme has contributed to the dramatic improvement to lives of not only children but also of their families. The failure to reauthorize this program puts waste to multiple years of public health gains.