Citizens should have say in ACA replacement

Violet Powell
January 11, 2017

Republican Senators Rand Paul, Lamar Alexander and Tom Cotton all recently said they do not support repealing Obamacare until they can replace the act with another health care bill simultaneously.

"Long to me would be weeks", he added of the gap between repealing and replacing the law.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents, when informed of the Republican alternative, "support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a House Republican plan", the survey found.

That legislative malpractice would be embarrassing if people like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or Speaker Paul Ryan were capable of embarrassment.

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That brings us to the real stumbling block: Voters may want improvements when it comes to their healthcare options, according to a recent Gallup poll, but they don't want their protections repealed.

The law extended insurance coverage to uninsured Americans by expanding the Medicaid program for the poor and creating online exchanges where consumers can shop for private health insurance plans. Donald Trump said there were parts he would keep.

Trump's line of thinking complicates the battle between squabbling Republicans who want to do away with Obamacare as quickly as possible but can't agree what to replace it with or when.

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In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea - providing the Republicans come up with something better as a replacement.

Among the most popular proposals were requiring health care providers to be transparent in the price of their procedures, allowing small business pools, eliminating mandates, and allowing for insurance companies to sell plans across state lines.

If Trump and his team had a reform plan of their own to present to Congress, that might help the process along, but during the campaign, the GOP candidate never really went beyond a vow to implement "something terrific". But the vote on repealing "Obamacare" wasn't expected until mid-February at earliest; a full replacement hadn't been expected until months or even years later.

"We don't know how many".

House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers took those reassurances one step further on Tuesday, saying: "Let me be clear: no one who has coverage because of Obamacare today will lose that coverage".

"As President-elect Trump has stated, repeal and replace should take place simultaneously, and this amendment will give the incoming administration more time to outline its priorities", Corker said in a statement from the group of five.

"For the life of me, I can not figure out why anyone would want to take health insurance away from millions of people". Any new health-care legislation would be subject to normal Senate rules - meaning Republicans would need votes from at least eight Democrats to get the new bill passed. "Our hospitals needed Medicaid expansion", Kasich told reporters last week.

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