(Disclaimer: We are not arguing for or against ObamaCare. This is simply a report on politics.)
For the last six years, Republicans have opposed ObamaCare, what they call the “Worst of All Worlds.” It appeared as though their wait was finally over, with their party holding the majority in all branches of government. However, the most recent bill and the Republican backlash towards it suggest otherwise.
Even though the Trump Administration and most Republicans support repealing and replacing ObamaCare, they are not all in favor of the newest G.O.P. Bill, and rightfully so. This is a difficult matter. The bill was comprehensive, but seemingly a rough draft with modification needed.
Before Trump swore into office, the House of Representatives had already began writing a 200 Day Plan, an agenda for the president’s first 200 days. This including repealing parts of ObamaCare and passing health care legislative. According to Speaker Paul Ryan, the House is exactly on schedule right now.
In the last few weeks of the Obama Presidency and first few of the Trump Presidency, Conservatives formulated and proposed several replacement plans, in addition to beginning the repeal of certain parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Today, the G.O.P. continues to act on their promise, but creating a new healthcare system has been challenging. The newest bill has received serious push-back from the right, being called “ObamaCare Lite” and “ObamaCare 2.0.”
Its nicknames represent exactly what several key conservatives think about it, an extension of ObamaCare. There are three key reasons for this: under the plan, Medicaid will expand under Trump’s first term, doesn’t repeal the law’s tax augmentation, and suggests refunding tax credits. In essence, Republicans see it as too similar to Obama’s Health Care System, and in a way, settling for it.
The repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is certainly possible. However, it is not as easily done than said. The House will have to revise the bill in order to please the varying beliefs of their party members. This is difficult with voting blocs in Congress like the Freedom Caucus, who see the proposal as too similar to ObamaCare, and Republicans who wish to keep parts of the Affordable Care Act and ObamaCare.