GOP would rather fight than make ACA right

Joy Montgomery
February 9, 2017

Rural areas could be deeply affected by changes that President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress are considering to the Affordable Care Act, said speakers at the National Rural Health Association's annual conference on Tuesday.

GOP lawmakers and President Trump are falling behind schedule, however, as they try to preserve some of the more popular aspects of Obamacare, such as requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting medical conditions.

"Repeal and replace." That phrase was as prevalent during the campaign as "build the wall".

And don't we care about our fellow Americans who will have to pay thousands more? January 20, President Trump issued an executive order to begin the process of removing Obamacare, though it is still not clear whether this will be a quick or slow process. Key committee leaders are working through proposals and will be involved in those sessions.

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He said Democrats can vote against a nominee but they shouldn't "slow walk" the confirmation process. A few Republicans have spoken during the marathon, but they've mostly talked about other issues.

"We're going to be submitting, as soon as our secretary is approved, nearly simultaneously, shortly thereafter, a plan", Trump said then. "Yeah, there are questions about what will follow Obamacare, what will come in its place, and, yes, it's going to be hard to find consensus, even within our own party, but we can not make progress until we first repeal Obamacare", Lee said. Congress could, for example, eliminate mental health care or contraceptive coverage, which is required of health plans under the current law. This means that legislation that repeals Obamacare, must also repeal the Medicare and Medicaid hospital reductions embedded in the law to ensure our community hospitals have the resources they need to meet their public health and safety mission on behalf of Arizona citizens. Mr O'Reilly asked the president whether he would introduce a health plan this year to replace Obamacare, which Mr Trump has long vowed to quickly repeal as one of his top priorities.

Currently, the provides insurance to over more than 20 million people.

Like the "dead" man scene in the classic Monty Python film, the Affordable Care Act is not dead yet. At the beginning of 2015, 30 percent of people thought it was a good idea while 50 percent said it was a bad idea. And now that Trump has pushed out the GOP's plan to replace Obamacare sometime into 2018 - because "very complicated -it looks as though he's bought Republicans some time to come up with something, or, anything at all, really, to replace the health care plan they seem to hate so much". The result is that premiums have risen and insurance companies that lost money pulled out of many markets. It also would have ended federal subsidies to help people afford insurance under the ACA and scrapped funding for Medicaid expansion. The option to stay on parents' insurance until the age of 26 can, and has, greatly reduced the amount of young adults without health care.

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