Oliver Willis

Study: Obamacare Repeal Would Cause Increase In Heart Attacks

The plan by Republicans to repeal Obamacare and to replace it with cuts to Medicaid would lead to an increase in heart attacks according to a new study.

Obamacare helped to decrease sudden cardiac arrests, according to a new study published in the  Journal of the American Heart Association. The study found that the rate of sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital dropped by 17 percent among people ages 45-64 in Multnomah County, Oregon.

The data comes from looking at the rate of sudden cardiac arrests at the hospital from 2011-12 before Obamacare, and from 2014-15 after Obamacare. In that same time, the amount of people in Multnomah County covered by Medicaid went from 7 percent to 13.5 percent. That gave those patients access to vital health coverage, including preventative screening that would flag health conditions that could lead to a heart attack.

Dr. Sumeet Chugh, medical director of the Heart Rhythm Center of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in California and one of the authors of the study told Kaiser Health News: “Imagine that you’re someone with a warning symptom. If you had insurance or access to health care that was relatively easy, you might be more inclined to see a provider. If you didn’t,you might let it go for a while.”

The plan passed by Republicans in the House and pending in the Senate would roll back that coverage, and embraces over $770 billion in cuts to Medicaid. If the GOP plan passes, millions of people’s lives will be negatively impacted, and due to the loss of health insurance and health care access, people will die.