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Female students disapprove of Health Care Act

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Aryn Plax
Metro Editor

Out of a survey of 12 female students, not even one expressed approval of the American Health Care Act of 2017, which President Donald Trump and Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pulled back on March 24 before the House would vote on it.

Since the bill was pulled, the White House discussed a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, according to a CBS article. The proposal would allow states to opt out of ACA mandates to cover certain essential health benefits. House Republicans worked on an amendment to the proposal, which would create a $15 billion reinsurance fund for insurance companies covering high-risk individuals, according to Yahoo News.

The bill, meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, was rescinded because it did not have support from enough Republican representatives to pass, according to an NBC Chicago article on March 24.

The bill faced low approval ratings. A Fox News poll reported that 54 percent of voters opposed the Republican healthcare plan. A Quinnipiac University poll reported that 56 percent disapproved of the healthcare plan. A poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reported that 62 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of healthcare.

Twelve female students participated in an informal study on their knowledge and opinion of the American Health Care Act of 2017 and the bill’s effects on women’s health care. Eight students disapproved of the bill’s changes to women’s healthcare. Four students were unsure of the bill’s measures and did not have opinions on it.

“I feel like if we were to pass the bill, it’d be regressing,” Anyssa Ramirez, sophomore educational studies major, said.

“I honestly don’t agree with it,” Tiahna Gillon, senior kinesiology major, said. “I think that what a woman chooses to do with her body, what’s going on inside of her body, should be left up to her, and I think that current laws, like state laws, are fine.”

The Congressional Budget Office assessed that the bill would result in 24 million more Americans without insurance in 2024. It would prohibit people from using Medicaid to cover visits from Planned Parenthood and from using federal tax credits to buy a plan covering abortion, according to an ABC News article. Planned Parenthood would not be reimbursed through Medicaid. The bill would also reduce the federal funding that can be used to fund Planned Parenthood’s services.

Like the Affordable Health Care Act, the bill would have required all plans to cover maternity care and contraception, which are two “essential health benefits,” according to an NPR article. Essential health benefits are 10 items that insurance is required to cover under the Affordable Care Act. According to Consumer Reports, the bill would take away essential health benefits plan for new Medicaid enrollees in 2020.

“I don’t like it,” Melissa Lach, senior educational studies major, said of the bill. “I think it scares me. I would want me and the women in my life, and the people who don’t have as much protections to have the protection that they want.”

“I know that whatever they’re planning wouldn’t support Planned Parenthood because all they think it does is abortion,” Mikayla Grey, freshman English major, said. “Based on what little I know, I think they also don’t know much about health care, and it just seems like they’re doing everything to spite what Obama has done so far and that they don’t have any actual plans.”

Aryn Plax can be reached at aryn.plax@laverne.edu.

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