On Tuesday president-elect Donald Trump tweeted the following about ObamaCare:
People must remember that ObamaCare just doesn’t work, and it is not affordable – 116% increases (Arizona). Bill Clinton called it “CRAZY”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
Since its inception, Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare–but replace it with what, and when, and how?
Washington Post reports,
A wild-card element is where Trump stands on the details of replacing the ACA — he has said more about the pieces he would like to keep than his ideas for remaking it. Trump’s stance may be clarified after Vice President-elect Mike Pence — a leader in the Obamacare repeal effort during his time in Congress — joins House Republicans to discuss the ACA on Wednesday at their first weekly gathering of the year.
Democrats warn that a frenzied push to dismantle Obama’s legacy could leave Republicans without any hope of getting the bipartisan support necessary to push through other parts of the Trump agenda, including the replacement bill and a pricey infrastructure project.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested in a conference call Monday afternoon that the reason Republicans are not moving immediately to replace the health-care law is because they can’t. “The reason they can’t make a proposal is because they don’t have the votes,” Pelosi argued.
And from Townhall:
The process will be long, as there will be reviews, cost analyses, a possible negotiation of merging competing plan among GOP lawmakers. Moreover, they also have to come to grips that perhaps some portions of the law may have to stay in place. The chance for a clean repeal without consequences was blown when Republicans failed to boot Obama in the 2012 election. By 2014, the law would have begun the process of enrolling millions into Obamacare and running on a platform of taking people’s stuff away isn’t a recipe for success. This could easily be bungled by the Republican leadership, whereas all Democrats have to do is watch the trainwreck. Repeal through a timetable is smart, the replacement plan voted on in chunks is good, but whether insurance companies will continue to suffer massive losses for that period remains dubious. Even Politico added that insurance companies could still bolt from the ACA market regardless of what happens on the Hill, especially after a repeal vote—creating another headache for the GOP on replacement plans. Alexander’s approach seems sensible as well, though there won’t be a serious replacement plan in the timeframe that would be to the liking of the conservative base, unless the GOP moves on another issue of equal importance, which is filling Scalia’s vacancy on the Supreme Court; an issue that even Democrats said must be addressed if we don’t want to risk our entire legal system crashing to the ground. That’s some great hyperbole there from the Left. Trump’s jobs and tax agenda could serve as a buffer to push back the clock on a repeal vote with a legitimate replacement plan.
Either way, like with most things, the three-year delay looks good on paper, but let’s be honest. If you’re a health insurance company that has lost hundreds of millions dabbling in this market and Congress just passed a repeal of Obamacare bill, you’d cut all ties as well.