This Price Difference for Chemotherapy Medicine Shows What’s Really At Stake with ACA Repeal
As Americans are still debating the benefits of Obamacare with Donald Trump and the Republicans set to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one woman’s tweet is shedding light on the positives of the health care law.
Over 13 million Americans are signed up with health care plans through the ACA, and there are numerous insurance protections in place for consumers. Many people are benefiting from the law — including the father of Megh Wright, Deputy Editor of Splitsider.
On January 14, Wright posted a tweet of the label for the chemotherapy medication that her father takes. According to the photo, the retail price of the medicine is over $1,000, but he only paid $3 thanks to the ACA.
“My dad starts chemo Monday,” Wright tweeted. “Here’s just ONE prescription he needs. It’s really very simple: without Obamacare, within 8 months he’d be dead.”
As of January 18, Wright’s post received over 365,000 likes.
My dad starts chemo Monday. Here's just ONE prescription he needs. It's really very simple: without Obamacare, within 8 months he'd be dead. pic.twitter.com/VpW3zgPYli
— Megh Wright (@megh_wright) January 14, 2017
According to a new Congressional Budget Office report, 18 million people would lose health insurance if Republicans repeal the ACA, just in the first year.
Over the weekend, President-elect Trump announced that he is putting the finishing touches on a plan to replace the ACA. Trump told the Washington Post that he wants his law to provide “insurance for everybody.”
Although Trump didn’t name any specific details about this plan, it would go against the alternatives that Republicans in Congress are proposing.
Your Daily Dish reached out to Megh Wright for a comment.