One of the promises made by President Donald Trump during his campaign was to repeal and replace Obamacare with a better health care program. Sticking to his pledge, Trump turned to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to begin executing this agenda.
Ryan formulated a new bill that he is continuing to try to pass. So, to get other Republicans on board, he walked Congress step by step on a powerpoint presentation of the American Health Care Act.
While he and a seemingly large percentage of Republicans agree on repealing and replacing Obamacare, not all of the audience were onboard with him; in fact, a great amount were not.
To summarize his presentation, he was advocating for a few changes to Obamacare, not quite the major changes the Right was expecting. Though we do not have confirmation on his intentions, the Speaker seemingly implied that the act was the only or one of the only options for the G.O.P., as Ryan stated “This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
Several prominent Republican Politicians dismissed the bill. For example, Rand Paul stated that the bill was essentially “Obamacare Lite,” as he pointed out that it was not the full repeal and replace of Obamacare. The influential Freedom Caucus, a Congressional Republican Voting Bloc, opposes the plan because it entails that Medicaid will expand under Trump’s first term, does not repeal the law’s tax augmentation, and suggests refunding tax credits.
There is even greater disapproval among many right wing media outlets, with some asking him to step down from the role of Speaker.
However, the bill is still being negotiated. Though there is immense backfire, it is simply a draft so far, with changes to be made. Some Republicans are, in fact, in favor of Ryan’s bill. However, this conflict is largely between Republicans in Washington. The Democrats at this time are largely sitting back as the other party searches for a replacement for Obamacare.