Posted by: maboulette | January 30, 2017

What Is the Replacement for Obamacare?


If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, House Republicans don’t know what the replacement will look like, but they do know what the public will call it: “Trumpcare.”


That was the expression used in a closed-door meeting among House Republicans to deliberate the concerns that the yet-to-be-legislated Obamacare replacement could generate political charges in the 2018 election if voters lose their health insurance or if the repeal undermines the health care market.


That’s going to be called Trumpcare,” said Republican Rep. Tom McClintock of California in a secluded meeting with fellow lawmakers, according to a recording gotten by the Washington Post. “Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”


This proposes that rank-and-file Republicans admit what Democrats have been saying for weeks: that any replacement for the Affordable Care Act will be known as “Trumpcare,” and that Republicans will be held accountable for its success or, more likely, its disaster.  Congress has had 8 years to come up with a replacement to the Affordable Care Act and still have not come up with one.


The Trump administration abruptly halted ads to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, five days before the January 31st deadline. In the past, there’s been a gush of sign-ups in the final days of the enrollment period.


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