There has been much talk in the media about Donald Trump and many other Republicans being anxious to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. This was President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation. However, most of the Republicans have been against it from the start for a wide variety of reasons. What has not been covered very much by the media is the impact that repealing Obamacare will have on many Americans. Native Americans will be hit very hard if Obamacare is successfully repealed.
More than 30 percent of the current Native American population will be impacted by such a decision. This is because people belonging to this ethnic group were guaranteed healthcare that was totally free more than 100 years ago in a treaty signed with many of the tribes. Obamacare was the modernization of those old treaties. Therefore, the repealing of Obamacare would be damaging an agreement that has stood for a very long time with the members of Native American tribes.
The primary concern of Native Americans at this moment is the possibility that there will be nothing done to replace the healthcare services if Obamacare is repealed. These people believe that they will be left behind because politicians feel that they are not important. The situation is believed to be a dire one according to people who work for many of the various tribal health boards. In fact, the National Indian Health Board approached congress and asked them to help to save parts of the Affordable Care Act legislation that deal with providing healthcare for Native Americans.
It remains to be seen what the politicians on Capitol Hill will do to help their Native American constituents. Many of these people rely on the healthcare they are currently receiving. They could not afford to lose it.Categories: Affordable Care Act, Native American