Graham-Cassidy repeal bill seems to be a potential disaster - Sovereign Health Group
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09-20-17 Category: Mental Health

The proposed legislation put forward by Republican Senators — Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana – to repeal Obamacare is likely to face a tough challenge in the Congress. Recently, Louisiana State Health Secretary Rebekah Gee wrote to Cassidy expressing her deep concerns about the impact of the bill on her state. “As you know, in only one year, we’ve been able to provide more than 433,000 Louisianans with coverage, resulting in more than 100,000 primary care visits, tens of thousands of screenings for cancer and thousands of new mental health services. These treatments have saved lives,” said Gee.

Gee feared that passage of the bill would deprive thousands of Louisiana citizens of their right to critical health care services. Moreover, the White House has reportedly left no stone unturned in attempting to push the repeal. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said that she couldn’t attend a private luncheon hosted by President Donald Trump due to an urgent obligation in her state. The luncheon invite was seen as a Republican initiative to pursue the new bill by pushing a block grant proposal to repeal much of Obamacare.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal includes some of the features of the earlier Republican repeal bills approved in the House and debated in the Senate such as dropping the requirement that Americans have health coverage and introducing new laws to restrict federal funding for Planned Parenthood. In fact, the bill aims to totally replace the existing federal health care system with a new one to distribute the multi-billion-dollar government aid to some 80 million Americans.

Experts predict this would be the largest financial restructuring, which the nation hasn’t seen in more than half a century. In a nutshell, the Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal a large chunk of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), transforming Medicaid and Obamacare subsidies into block grants under the control of individual states. Moreover, given that on earlier occasions, multiple Republican bills were rejected by the Congressional Budget Office (C.B.O.), which feared that the potential loss of health insurance coverage would affect innumerable Americans adversely. In such a situation, rushing through the new bill, even before the public gets a whiff of reality, seems to be the only way it could pass.

Experts say the Graham-Cassidy bill is likely to impact health insurance gravely in the states of California, Illinois and New York, which have engaged in aggressive coverage expansion in recent years under the current law. The obscure funding calculation formula in the new proposal would push money away from these three states toward more conservative states, which have actually remained resistant to health coverage expansions. Unfortunately, such a move would translate to reduced aid to less-privileged Californians and elsewhere, culminating in significant coverage losses in these parts of the country.

Additionally, even if large states such as California and New York make an attempt to retain the existing health coverage set up in their states, there is a large possibility they could be compelled to use their own money. Also, in what could be termed as a flagrant political move, the Graham-Cassidy bill may divert some of the ACA funds to the Republican-run states such as Florida, North Carolina, Texas and many others, which never expanded Medicaid in the past.

Aggravating mental health is a public health concern nationwide

The human mind is extremely powerful and little do people know about this power. They believe it is not possible to control what they think. Based on experiences in daily life, thoughts seem to fly in and out of the mind, causing a temporarily fluctuating self-esteem. Such short-lived ups and downs are perfectly normal, but if they immensely impact the way someone thinks about himself or herself, there’s trouble brewing.

Most societies still harbor negative perceptions for mental diseases, thinking that they can’t be cured or prevented. A lot of times, people with mental diseases like anxiety, depression and schizophrenia are excluded from all social circles, which foster stigma and an enormous prejudice against such patients. According to the 2017 report of Mental Health America (MHA), over 40 million Americans nationwide are afflicted by a mental health problem. Further, it is sad to note that 56 percent of adults battling mental health problems still do not have access to any kind of professional help or treatment. In the words of Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America, “too many Americans are suffering, and far too many are not receiving the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives.”

Therefore, intervention at the right juncture is essential so that it does not snowball into bigger issues later on. The correct mental health care can eliminate an endless cycle of medicines or treatments and provide the needy with access to a reliable mental health care provider, well-equipped with the necessary expertise.

Mental health problems are treatable

It is important to start treatment for a mental disorder as soon as it is diagnosed. Sovereign Health of San Clemente, California, offers a variety of customized therapies for a wide range of mental health problems to treat the afflicted individuals holistically. Specialists at our mental illness treatment centers are trained to identify the underlying causes and prescribe customized individual as well as group psychotherapy based on the patient’s requirements.

Additionally, patients can also opt for alternative therapeutic activities to embark on the journey to wellness. If you or your loved one is battling any mental problem, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives. Our state-of-the-art residential mental health facilities spread across California are known for their effective recovery programs, which have helped scores of individuals regain control of their lives.

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