Mahin Siddiki — TDO – Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), which has made healthcare coverage available for 20 million Americans who were previously without any healthcare plan, is under attack from the Republican GOP.
The Republicans have vowed to repeal the legislation, and replace it with something better. According to Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence, repealing and replacing the Obamacare is the “first order of business” for President-Elect Donald Trump.
The Affordable Care Act has helped and extended coverage to 20 million Americans who were previously without coverage, and requires all Americans to have a healthcare plan and insurance. Insurances can be bought from state-run “marketplaces” and any businesses with at least 50 workers must provide the insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing illnesses are covered through the insurances and Americans under 26 are insured through their parent’s coverage.
However, the Affordable Care Act isn’t without its problems and faults. Premium insurance costs have soared and major insurers have withdrawn from the scheme, leaving millions of Americans with fewer choices of healthcare insurances. Despite these faults however, 8.8 million Americans have signed up for Obamacare in 2017 according to the Obama administration; a whopping 200,000 more than the previous year.
President-Elect Donald Trump however, believes that the Affordable Care Act will “fall of its own weight” and has promised during his campaigns to replace Obamacare with something much better and cheaper.
Upon meeting President Obama following his victory however, Donald Trump has said that he likes and intends to keep some of the more popular aspects of the legislation, such as the legislative about covering pre-existing illnesses under the new insurance.
The weakest point for the Republican GOP right now however, is actually coming up with a substantial plan of replacement. While repealing the Act would be easy, since the Republicans have the majority vote and number now, the biggest problem is coming up with a replacement plan that doesn’t leave previously covered Americans without insurance coverage.
White House Spokesman Josh Earnest has commented upon the lack of a concrete replacement plan from the Republicans. During the two conferences held, the Republicans have boasted about coming up with a better and cheaper plan than Obamacare, but have yet to actually propose anything concrete.
As a response to this lack of planning, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has said that repealing the Act at this point would create turmoil and “Make America Sick Again’. The Democrats are hoping to publicize upon the lack of planning from the Republicans and delay any actions taken by the Republicans, thereby preserving President Obama’s key legislative action.
However, very soon the Democrats will hold weak sway over the decision making process of the country, as President-Elect Donald Trump is to be sworn into office on the 20th of January, and the Republicans will have control of the White House and both chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade.