The passage of GOP tax bill in the Senate appeared in trouble on Nov. 15, 2017, after a few moderate Republican senators opposed the legislation, which critics said could damage the health care system in the United States. According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, the bill is designed to effectively repeal the Obamacare individual mandate and holds the potential to leave over 13 million Americans uninsured, and increase the average health care premiums.
Expressing major reservations about the bill, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he opposed both the Senate and House versions of the tax bill because it unfairly benefits corporations at the expense of other businesses. “If they can pass it without me, let them,” Johnson told the Wall Street Journal. Johnson’s decision is being seen as a serious setback to the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to overhaul the tax code.
The development raises doubts over the Republicans’ ability to swiftly pass the bill which could be considered as their first significant legislative achievement under the Trump administration. However, Johnson said that he could consider supporting a revised version of the bill containing significant amendments.
Earlier, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said that Republicans had erroneously changed their tax bill to accommodate a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which obligated every American to have health insurance or pay a fine. Commenting about the bill, Collins said it was a mixture of some good provisions, while the others were big mistakes. The latest views of both the senators — Johnson and Collins — have triggered speculations over the GOP’s chances of gathering sufficient support to pass the bill.
Republican Senators hope to pass their bill as soon as the week after Thanksgiving. On Nov. 14, 2017, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah had released a revised version of the bill, hoping it would make the majority of individual rate cuts expire after 2025, while ensuring a permanent reduction in corporate tax rate.
Mental health crisis in America is real
It’s worth mentioning here that mental and substance use disorder treatment, which is usually an expensive affair, should be covered by insurance. Passed in 2010, Obamacare covered addiction treatment, encouraging Americans with drug abuse to seek treatment. In July 2017, despite an effort to revive their health care bill, GOP senators couldn’t manage to garner enough votes to repeal Obamacare.
The current mental health crisis in the U.S. is real as more Americans struggle with mental health ailments that one can even imagine. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that approximately one in five adults in the country — 43.8 million people aged 18 or above —experiences mental illness in a given year. However, it is regrettable that less than half of the mentally ill individuals receive treatment for their condition.
Mental problems are treatable
Society has made it exceedingly difficult for those struggling with mental problems to speak out openly about them due to the fear of discrimination. They fear that speaking about it would isolate them from the “normal” mainstream society, label them as “maniacs,” making their lives miserable.
One should be aware of the fact that mental disorders can be treated with timely medical interventions. When wondering where to start with to find help for mental health disorders, one needn’t look further than Sovereign Health of San Clemente, California, which offers a variety of customized therapies to treat psychiatric problems. Specialists at our world-class mental health treatment centers in California are trained to identify the underlying causes and prescribe customized treatments as well as group psychotherapy based on the patient’s requirements. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives to know more about our treatment facilities spread across the U.S.
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