November 17

Repealing Obamacare

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama, the Republicans in Congress have done everything they can to oppose it. Nicknamed Obamacare, the repeal of this law has been a unanimous war cry from Republicans across the country. Some political operatives blame the Obamacare rates hiking right before the election as one of the reasons Donald Trump won the election. The healthcare law has been the topic of political conversation for years, but now, with Republican control of the White House, the Senate, and the House, it is time for Republicans to put their money where their mouth is. So what will be done about Obamacare?

Senator Ted Cruz was one of the forefront figures against Obamacare, calling for a full repeal and replacement of the law. After his meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower, he told Fox News that he was eager to work with the president-elect to repeal this law. But the fact is that millions of Americans now rely on Obamacare, so while it will be repealed, it has to be replaced.

Donald Trump wrote on his website his plan for “healthcare reform to make America great again.” He says on the site that “on day one, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” But he continues that it is not enough to “simply repeal this terrible legislation,” and that he wanted to have a “series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country.” After Trump’s meeting with President Obama, he said that some parts of the law would be kept.

A key part Trump wants to add is to remove the healthcare insurance mandate, and, let individuals deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns.” Another point is to remove “barriers of entry” for drug providers in order to bring prices of medication down by creating more competition. He also wants to remove the law that inhibits selling healthcare across state lines. If there are more options, there will be more competition, and prices will decrease.

Twenty million Americans are covered through the Affordable Care Act, and so there will have to be a plan in place for those who will lose their coverage. With prices on the rise, many voters who voted for Trump with the repeal promise will want this to happen quickly. Lawmakers, and voters, want the regulations to be removed from day one. But after all these years, the GOP will have to deliver on their promise of a better healthcare system, as many politicians have built parts of their career railing against it.