The Affordable Care Act was passed almost eight years ago. Despite the fact that it mirrors the Heritage Foundation’s own plan that was unrolled when Hillary Clinton was trying to get universal coverage, they claimed it was no good.
Since that time, they have cried that it “must go” as soon as possible. Ever since 2011, they have promised a replacement plan. They have promised and promised, and promised.
The last word on that came from Paul Ryan about a year and a half ago stating that they “have a plan to have a plan”. We still haven’t heard what their plan is.
Now, Donald Trump is going to be President and they still don’t have a plan. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admits they don’t have a plan. When asked what would replace the Affordable Care Act if they repeal it in the first 100 days he said:
My personal belief — and nothing has been decided yet — I would [move through] and repeal and then go to work on replacing. I think once it is repealed you will have, hopefully, fewer people playing politics.
After six years of running down the Affordable Care Act and promising us better coverage for everyone, they still don’t know what the hell they want. Repealing the Affordable Care Act without having a plan ready to replace it is horrible leadership. What will happen to all of those people who are now covered under the act and won’t have any coverage once it is repealed?
And, don’t forget, most of the people who were able to take advantage of the Act in order to get coverage voted for Trump. Now they are facing losing their health care because the Republicans don’t have anything on the table to replace the Act.
To make matters worse, Trump appointed Tom Price who is the most vocal critic of the Act and is dying to repeal it replacement be damned. This is the same man who complained that the Act should never have included birth control in its mandate. He said there “is not a single woman in America that cannot afford birth control.”
It is estimated that over 20 million people will lose their health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. What is going to happen to those people? Where are they going to find affordable care if they get sick?
There is another thing to consider. Trump claimed that every American deserves affordable health insurance. In other words, he wants universal health care coverage. That is totally different from what Republicans are promising in Congress.
The only thing Republicans in Congress is promising is to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They are not promising any replacement plan. The new Congress begins on January 3 but McCarthy still refuses to give us any timeline or plan. Instead he says “Look, we are going to start on this right away. I don’t want to get into timeline.”
Apparently McCarthy nor any other Republican has read Talking Points memo. It says “any sort of delay between repealing Obamacare and replacing it could jeopardize the entire individual health insurance market and send insurers fleeing the market.”
The one thing that most Republicans agree on is repealing and replacing the Affordable care Act. Only, they don’t have anything to replace it with so they are only interested in repealing it.
Like all of their failed policies, they say “we will repeal the Affordable Care Act. Then we will get back to you some time in the future with a replacement, maybe.” While you wait for their replacement, you may lose your health coverage. You may then get sick. Some may even die because they can’t afford health insurance.
All the while we wait for a replacement plan they promised us six years ago. This is the Republican’s idea of how to run a country.