Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

President Trump's latest idea: Repeal Obamacare now and replace it later

Stephen Colbert doubts Trump's claims that he understands health President Trump's latest idea: Repeal Obamacare now and replace it later
Frank Williams | 30 June, 2017, 21:25

Moderates who had voted for earlier repeal bills when there was no chance of them becoming law suddenly wanted a replacement to be ready first, and feared pulling the rug out from millions of people who had gotten insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump must have been watching because the president quickly tweeted: "If Republican senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL and then REPLACE at a later date". I would be for a one-year delay of implementation.

While some might be anxious about the potential consequences of repealing the bill without having an agreed upon replacement in the works, former New York State Lt. Gov. Betsey McCaughey said she doesn't foresee this causing Americans to lose coverage and in fact, it could have the opposite effect. "You would think after six years we would have a pretty good sense of what we would like to do".

"I promised people I was going to repeal it".

If you listen to Republican senators on Capitol Hill this week they sound a bit more nuanced than they did on the campaign trail just a few months ago.

Axios' Caitlin Owens reported that three GOP aides said a repeal and then replace strategy would be dead on arrival. Lawmakers could either let the system implode, or keep extending the deadline, as they did for years when they couldn't agree on a federal budget. But many Republicans opposed that idea, and along with Trump calling for passing both simultaneously, the party shifted tactics. Many insurers are asking for another round of steep rate increases for 2018, and others aren't even willing to return to the exchanges at all.

And repealing in this way ensures health-care chaos will likely get worse even before a repeal takes effect. Trump has caused confusion about whether he'll continue key components of the law.

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Polling shows repealing Obamacare outright was the least popular option as House Republicans began negotiating on health care.

What Paul's 180-degree turn on "repeal and delay" signifies, though, is the realization of some conservatives that insisting on simultaneous repeal and replacement was a big strategic error.

The money from the tax boost would instead be used to bolster proposed health care subsidies for lower-income people.

GOP Senators have been searching for a compromise on their healthcare bill following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) decision to postpone a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act until after the Fourth of July recess. "And that's okay", Trump said. "We're going to have a great, great surprise".

Sen. Paul said his proposal would divide the bill in two, Republicans would push for an Obamacare repeal bill which would pass with conservative support and another spending bill which would entice Democrats to support the measure.

Trump declined to say what the surprise would be, but his optimism contrasted significantly with the nine Republican senators publicly expressing their opposition to the bill the President is championing.

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