The Trump administrations dream of repealing Obamacare is already under way. Previously the President elect Donald Trump had stated that after a conversation with outgoing President Barack Obama, he would reconsider his earlier threat to remove what is thought by many to be the outstanding legacy of the Obama administration.
Though in a fatal blow, Trump’s election running mate, and soon to be Vice President Mike Pence stated that repealing the act would be their “first order of business”. Though this will not come as a major surprise to many. Trump constantly referred to removing the act once in power.
The Affordable Care Act was put in place to help American’s who didn’t have health insurance by ensuring that they would have a right to access the system. This can include people who had a pre-existing condition or would be charged differently based on their gender. It is thought that it helped 20 million Americans get insurance. If removed then those who had gained could yet again be under pressure as early as 2018.
In a rare act, outgoing President Barack Obama visited Washington to urge representatives to back the act, and to try and prevent the new administration from repealing it. Though the effectiveness is likely to be small. As the Republicans have such an advantage any Democrats would struggle to block reform without a large consensus of Republican backing.
The act severely divides opinion in the US with the majority of Republicans suggesting that it is a step too far towards socialism. It is strongly backed by the Democrats though and would cause a significant rift in Washington, especially as there’s seemingly no plan for any sort of alternative from the new administration. The Republicans have launched attack after attack on the act, and have even gone down the legal route. Most of Obama’s initiatives were heavily attacked by the Republicans during his stay in office, but none more than the act.
“The first order of business is to keep our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the kind of healthcare reform that will lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government,” stated Pence during a press conference. He also stated that they would ensure a “smooth transition” to a market led system,
House speaker Paul Ryan suggested that any repeal in the act would not involve “pulling the rug out” from those who need the system. He suggested that there was a Republican alternative plan for the repeal of the act.
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