Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law into law on March 23, 2010, by President Barack Obama, Republicans have made its repeal and “replacement” their main political focus. Nearly every Republican holding political office, from senators, governors, attorney generals, and even overly ambitious land commissioners have railed against the ACA (more commonly referred to as Obamacare). However, following President Donald Trump’s victory, there’s been a profound quiet panic within the GOP.
After years of looking for every opportunity to denounce Obamacare, the topic has become the last topic any Republican office holder wants to talk about with their angry constituents.
On Monday, Trump noted that trying to “repeal and replace” Obamacare was much more complicated than anyone could have ever possibly imagined.
“We have come up with a solution that’s really, really I think very good,” Trump said at a meeting of the nation’s governors at the White House.“Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” he added. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
Trump also went on to outline a “political” scenario where Republicans sat back and did nothing for up to two years so that Obamacare could “implode” on its own. He whined that if anyone tried to change any part of Obamacare, Democrats would lay all the blame for any undesired outcome at the feet of Republicans. However, the president magnanimously stated that they were not going to do that because it would not be “fair” to the American people.
Trump also expressed his desire to implement his tax plan which calls for massive tax cuts aimed at the wealthiest Americans and “corporate citizens.” He also said that his tax plan is simple and implementing it would be much easier than dismantling Obamacare.
In January, and as far back as the presidential campaign, Trump assured Americans that he along with the Republican party was ready to repeal and replace Obamacare quickly. At one point in January, he even called for the process to be completed within a week.
Today Trump is beginning to understand why millions of Americans are growing increasingly agitated and terrified at the prospect of losing Obamacare. Despite the fact that he still labels the program as a “failure,” he and his GOP cohorts simply do not have a better plan in place that will assure that citizens don’t lose the benefits they’ve gained after signing up for ACA. So far, the earliest signs of the GOP’s alternative plan does not look promising, as a draft was leaked last week which served only to deepen those growing concerns.
The leaked draft seems to eliminate the individual mandate, which is responsible the increase in healthier Americans purchasing Health Care. The mandate also allows those with pre-existing conditions to purchase more affordable care that they would otherwise either be denied or have to may much more for. Republicans also seem keen to the idea of creating expensive “high-risk pools” that would price may less fortunate Americans with pre-existing conditions out of the market. They also want to penalize those who allow their health care coverage to lapse for short period of time.
It’s estimated that over 18 million Americans could lose coverage under the Republican’s current plan.
It doesn’t matter whether Trump wants to admit it or not, the American people will hold him and his party to full account for repealing Obamacare. He can make all the funny faces and hand gestures he wants. He can whine and complain about the previous administration until all the ice caps melt (which may not be long under his administration). At the end of the day, the majority of Americans believe that if Trump and his GOP cohorts break Obamacare, then they will own the fallout.
It’s as simple as that, Mr. President.
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