Prayer Alert: Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

The U.S. Senate is attempting to vote in July on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the healthcare bill that would replace the  Affordable Care Act. 

There has been much debate among the politicians and media about the particulars of the bill, which this post will not address. There are plenty of media reports on television, radio, and the Internet on the subject in the event that gives updates on the issue.

We are issuing this prayer alert because this proposed measure could leave a many Americans, particularly lower-income Americans, without any health coverage because they will not be able to afford it. In addition, people with pre-existing conditions may also find themselves without coverage.

While the health care bill is expected to save billions of dollars and help reduce the U.S. budget deficit, it is also designed to phase out the expansion of Medicaid which provides health care for those who cannot afford it. Seniors would also pay higher premiums while  the bill would “repeal or delay” $541 billion in taxes, particularly on higher income Americans and insurers. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law.

Please pray that unless the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is fair and equitable to all Americans, that God would intervene and not allow this bill—or anything similar to it—to pass.