What Obamacare Could Be Replaced With Under Trump

Violet Powell
January 9, 2017

Republican congressional leaders have said they would repeal the ACA early this year with a promise to replace it in subsequent legislation, Obama said.

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With Donald Trump set to assume the presidency on January 20, a battle is brewing in Congress over his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act even as legislators decide on its replacement. That's why Vice-President-elect Mike Pence says an Obamacare replacement must be done "in a way that doesn't work a hardship on American families who have gained insurance through this program (and) doesn't work a hardship on our economy". Without the young people buttressing the old, insurers lost money, and some made a decision to bail out of the program altogether. "This is a very complicated problem".

The Republicans have already voted by 51 to 48 to take up a budget resolution that would repeal major parts of the law and thereby starve the programme of funding.

Almost two-thirds of Republicans believe that repealing Obamacare should be a top priority for Trump and the new Congress.

Sure, Ryan said Thursday that lawmakers would advance legislation to replace Obamacare this year.

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However, the Republican Party admitted that replacing Obamacare would take more time. "But they have to show it".

However, Spangler called it "a big gamble" to hope that the Senate parliamentarian will rule that money saved by repealing the ACA could be treated as a kind of budgetary fund that could later be used to make a replacement measure budget-neutral, when passed through the budget reconciliation process.

The reason Price and others like high-deductible policies is simple enough: They lower insurance premiums and give patients a strong financial incentive to consume only the routine care they need and shop around for the best value. Trump said, "So instead of having one insurance company taking care of NY or Texas you'll have many". He also reiterated his support for a "public option" ― that is, a government-run insurance plan that could compete with private plans and offer options in areas where few insurers are now selling.

But if he rushes ahead with that plan before a replacement insurance plan is ready, the results would be bad for many Americans and likely disastrous for the Republican agenda, as a recent study by the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute strongly suggests. Only one of the senators - Rand Paul of Kentucky - has so far said he plans to vote against the procedural gambit that sets up Obamacare repeal, citing unrelated budget concerns. "If you in fact can put a plan together that is demonstrably better than what Obamacare is doing, I will publicly support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with your plan", he said.

Of those who want congress vote to repeal, 28 percent say they want lawmakers to wait until the details of a replacement plan have been announced while 20 percent said Congress should vote to repeal the law immediately and work out the details of a replacement plan later. "These are real lives at stake".

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