Obamacare isn’t working and Americans want it repealed. That’s evident from the past four congressional elections where voters overwhelmingly elected representatives who promised to repeal the failed health care law.
Now should be the time that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives finally repeals Obamacare. Instead, their proposal released earlier this week falls short of voters’ expectations.
For starters, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) doesn’t fully repeal Obamacare, and in fact still looks a lot like Obamacare. It keeps a lot of the current healthcare law’s framework in place, with some changes that seem substantial but will likely end up being merely superficial. Just look at these ways:
1. Tax credits equal taxpayer-funded subsidies. The bill would establish new “tax credits,” which are just a continuation of taxpayer-funded subsidies for people to buy coverage. Keeping these in place is bad news for health care consumers and taxpayers. They’ll keep artificially inflating the cost of health insurance and taxpayers will be on the hook to fund the credits.
2. Costs will continue to rise. The House plan also fails to repeal most of the insurance regulations that have caused premiums and deductibles to skyrocket. That means control of the health care system will stay at the federal level. And under the House GOP plan, Obamacare’s minimum coverage standards stay in place, meaning you’ll still have to pay for things you don’t want or need.
3. It’s just as rushed as Obamacare. Voters should be concerned about what’s in this bill and what it will actually do. It’s being pushed through in a clandestine manner—like Obamacare. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) hasn’t even reviewed how the legislation will impact government spending and taxpayers.
4. Future generations will pay back debt. Without the CBO’s official score, there’s no way to know how much the AHCA will add to our federal government’s deficit. One thing that is known, however, is that future generations will be the ones paying back America’s debt. We shouldn’t pursue health care reforms that will ultimately burden this and future generations.
Though the bill has some positive ideas such as innovation grants that empower states to meet the needs of their citizens, it fails to fully repeal Obamacare, and keeps much of the law’s framework in place. The best way to reform health care is to fully repeal Obamacare and pass targeted solutions that will address the fundamental problems that have plagued our health care system for decades. You can read more about what a targeted approach would look like by clicking here.
We need affordable coverage and greater access to care, not Obamacare 2.0.