Early Thursday morning, Senate Republicans passed a resolution to begin the process of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act – or more commonly referred to as Obamacare.
The ACA has been a signature piece of legislation during President Barack Obama’s tenure. The legislation allows children to stay on parents’ insurance until 26, eliminates the gender discrimination in charging for women, and allowing people with pre-existing conditions.
Republicans have made dozens of efforts to repeal since the bill passed in 2010. All of those efforts have failed until January 2017.
“Obamacare is a complete and total disaster,” the Republican President-Elect said on Wednesday in his first press conference since earning the title and hopes to rid America’s ties to the ACA. “[W]e’re going to do repeal and replace — very complicated stuff. And we’re going to get a health bill passed — we’re going to get healthcare taken care of for this country.”
Obamacare’s imperfections, like rising healthcare costs and less control over doctor choices, could end up costing some Americans an increase of 22 percent in 2017.
Although the cost of insurance may be going up, but the uninsured number is dropping. The uninsured rate dropped to 8.3 percent – the lowest since the Affordable Care Act was passed. If the repeal goes through, more than 20 million people could lose their health insurance, like those with pre-existing conditions.
“I may lose healthcare. I may have to pay more for healthcare,” Pittsburgh resident Maggie Graham said because of a pre-existing condition.
Graham’s concerns for certainty in her health care are warranted. Republicans have not unveiled any plans for replacement of the existing law, but are moving forward with the plan to repeal.
“What date all of this will phase in on is something we do not know because we are waiting for the Trump administration to be stood up. We are waiting for Tom Price to be confirmed and become the secretary of health and human services,” Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said.
Price’s hearing will be held on January 18; two days before Trump’s inauguration.
“I have already called my senator who opposes The affordable care act to let him know how angry and disappointed I am,” Graham said.
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