In a move that is sure to please President elect Donald Trump, the Republican party have started the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare”. Trump’s party forced through a vote that means that the senate will not be able to prevent the repeal of the act. The vote was much to the delight of the President elect as he took to Twitter to state “The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!”.
Trump had made the repealing of “Obamacare” a founding tenet of his electoral campaign. He had promised to start repealing it “From day one” of his presidency. It seems that in a show of support the Republican party hav set the ball rolling early on the move. This will lay the foundations for Trump to set out an alternative policy once he is inaugurated.
Though thus far the general consensus around Capitol hill is that there is no alternate plan from the GOP. They’ve been battered by Democrats for focusing all of their energy on repealing “Obamacare”. Trump and his party are yet to release details of such an alternate plan. Though any such alternate is going to rely heavily on returning the healthcare system to the open market.
“Obamacare” has been a target of Republican ire ever since it was first introduced in 2010. It goes against the grain of the Republican ideology of an open market system. Proponents of the act insist that it has improved the lives of many American’s. It has done this by guaranteeing that they have access to affordable healthcare. This has come at a cost, and that cost is exactly what the Republican’s will take aim at. They will hope to transfer much of that cost back to the private sector. But there will be a price to pay for consumers.
Senator Paul Ryan, the house speaker noted that the act was “so arrogant and so contrary to our founding principles”. He said of the actions that “We have to step in before things get worse. This is nothing short of a rescue mission,”. This will no doubt show that although there are deep divisions in the Republican party, they are at least united on the subject of this act. It also shows that the rift between the two men appears to be healed as they put their joint efforts towards repealing the act.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.