HEALTH CARE REFORM

Affordable Health Care for All

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) seven years ago this month, Republican opponents have introduced dozens of replacement bills in an effort to undermine the legislation. Now that a Republican stands at the helm, surrounded by like-minded peers in Congress, right-wing politicians have the chance that they’ve been looking for to turn the tides when it comes to the American healthcare system. Whether you agree with Obamacare or not, the issue facing today’s legislators is how to ensure that the 20 million people who got covered under the ACA retain access to affordable health insurance.

On March 6, a new plan was laid out by congressional Republicans, one that drew immediate outrage from their friends on the left and concern from many of their fellow conservatives. This new bill – the American Health Care Act – seeks to replace the ACA with a hodgepodge of ideas collected over the last seven years. President Trump is attempting to fulfill a key campaign promise: to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But this new plan is yet another in a long line of Republican efforts to destroy Obamacare legislation. How does it compare to what’s already on the table – and where do we go from here? Let’s take a look at the proposed plans to replace the ACA.

President Trump made bold declarations on the campaign trail, but he’s been a lot quieter regarding healthcare reform since taking office in January. Trump reiterated the mantra of the Republican Party: repeal and replace Obamacare. When questioned about the details of his plan for replacement, Trump dodged specifics. Trump’s campaign and transition sites laid out his plans for healthcare reform, but even these ideas were bare-bones bullet points rather than a fully formed plan.

Here’s what we know about Trump’s hopes for healthcare:

• He wants everyone to have healthcare coverage.
• HSAs would be expanded and improved to make them more attractive to more families.
• Insurance could and would be sold across state lines.
• Consumers could write off the cost of premiums from their taxes.
• Medicaid would be funded via block grants instead of an open-ended match system.
• People with pre-existing conditions would still be covered.

Some of Trump’s ideas could help the economy and ensure that people remain covered, but many of his points lack sufficient detail to determine actual viability. For instance, he wants to grant everyone access to health insurance, but he does not say how this would happen or where the funding might come from. Likewise, health savings accounts (HSAs) appeal to a specific demographic, typically affluent or upper-middle-class families with the resources to save money in case of a medical emergency. Trump has not discussed how he would make these accounts viable for families who barely earn enough to cover everyday expenses.

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