As the debate over healthcare in the United States continues, new analysis suggests that Republican plans for the so-called Obamacare policy could be detrimental to the health of the nation.
Analysis presented at the National Govs Association suggest that the new healthcare policy of the Trump administration will lead to a significant decline in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage.
It is often asserted that the United States is the only nation in the Western world in which not all citizens are guaranteed such health provisions.
Yet analysis conducted by the health research firm Avalere Health and the consulting firm McKinsey and Company suggests that the situation is about to decline further.
Reports have been based on an official Republican document, which outlines the plan to overhaul the tax credit system included in Obamacare with a new approach.
Analysts anticipate that enrolment would diminish by 30% in the new system, with nearly 100,000 people becoming uninsured, and a further 115,000 also losing coverage due to being enrolled in Medicaid.
And the reports asserts that coverage decline will be even more marked in many states that do not expanded the Medicaid program.
“I heard some very disturbing information,” Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat from Washington, said of the presentation. “We’re going to have to make sure that does not happen.”
But Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican from Kentucky, suggested that there is not necessarily a strong correlation between coverage and health outcomes.
“What do we want out of the healthcare system? We want healthier outcomes,” he told reporters. “That should be the ultimate goal. Simply enrolling people serves absolutely no value if all we’ve given them is a plastic card that says you’re now covered. They take that to a doctor who won’t see them.”
In 2014, the Commonwealth fund survey ranked the United States healthcare system as the worst among industrialised nations.
France, Australia, Germany, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.K. were all judged to be superior based to the US based on a raft of factors.
The United States is found to be lagging behind in quality of care, access to doctors and equity throughout the nation.
Results of the study rely on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Health Organization and interviews from physicians and patients.
While Obamacare has been criticised in many quarters, it has enabled more Americans to obtain health insurance.
But it seems now that this will be undone by the Trump Administration, with little promise of the healthcare picture improving.