The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act is repealing Obamacare coverage expansion in 2020 and hopefully the expectation that this new act has, that the GOP will come up with a replacement, in the meantime, gets followed through, with amendments, such as a no-enlargement policy towards dependency on Medicaid
Republicans tried very very hard to replace the Democrats-pioneered health care plan ‘Obamacare’ with a GOP-devised plan called the ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)’, which the party had put forward, but that idea came crashing down completely, when two GOP senators, Mike Lee (Utah) and Jerry Moran (Kansas) expressed grave dissatisfaction with the party’s new bill.
From President Donald Trump to Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican figureheads pushing for a replacement of the 2010-introduced health care bill with an entirely new health care bill, with the GOP stamp on it, have been one-too-many. But there is no reason to fix something that largely hasn’t really been a broken concept for the past seven years and that is just what’s happening as the Senate prepares to vote on an Obamacare repeal sans the replacement.
Republican opposition to the Republican bill, which passed the House of Representatives in May, isn’t too much of a rarity – Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Rand Paul (Kentucky) have also expressed antipathy with the GOP bill. There would be a two-year-delay in repealing Obamacare now and the situation looks very similar to the repeal of the act in 2015, which at the time both Lee and Moran had supported but Barack Obama, who was the President at the time, had vetoed.
The Republican Party doesn’t seem to have any populist inclination whatsoever, when it comes to taking decisions over what to do with Obamacare because most Americans are interested in keeping Obamacare, although with an injection of a few amendments. This is theoretically a great idea because the act certainly needs to be revised over time but there are really some grave problems with what the Republicans have in mind for healthcare: firstly, the GOP wants to propose a very point-blank senseless bare-bones insurance plan, which is low-cost in nature, pioneered by Senator Ted Cruz and it should very much be dropped from the BCRA.
Secondly, the GOP wants to offer tax credits to middle-class Americans and raise the costs for people in an old age bracket and also people who are not so well-off. This might increase the burden on the pre-existing structure of available refundable tax credits for Americans with a low-income, who bought their insurance from government markets, and also received support for extra medical costs. And finally, Medicaid health insurance, which under Obamacare aimed to provide coverage for both the poor and Americans with a low-income, is now, horrifically, being threatened by low funding over the next twenty years.