The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it’s known in the media, is the program released to give every American health coverage. The problem is that it comes with several flaws, including the unintended harm caused to small businesses. President Trump has pledged to repeal Obamacare.
But can he really get rid of Obamacare?
- Executive Action on Obamacare
An executive order has already put the wheels in motion for the repeal of Obamacare. Throughout Congress, the Republicans control all the branches of government. If the party supports it there’s no reason it couldn’t disappear.
But if Republicans are going to support it without a proper replacement it could be dangerous. Lots of Republicans, who must fight for their seats in 2018, won’t do something that isn’t well-executed and popular in their localities. Executive action can only go so far.
- With the Right Support…
There is a lot of anger caused by the plan to repeal Obamacare. It is easy to assume that everyone is against the move to repeal it, but that is not the case.
Take the average small business as an example. They need to provide medical insurance and Humana dental insurance to all employees. It is expensive to cover those bridges and crowns. A dental insurance provider with high deductibles leaves the average small business with a lot of financial ground to make up.
- What about Congress?
Congress will likely pass any bill the party supports, and there is nothing the opposition can do about it. Congress is one of the smallest hurdles President Trump must clear in order to make his plans a reality. Most Republicans are united on the repeal of the program but not what will replace it.
- A Replacement is Needed
Republicans are divided on what Obamacare should be replaced with. Right now, there are no real plans for what they want to replace it with. Until that time comes, the Republicans in Congress are unlikely to support the repeal of Obamacare for fear that it might cause them to lose their seats during the next round of elections.
President Trump suffers from some of the worst disapproval rates ever of any president during their first term. The president’s party also suffers losses in the vast majority of mid-term elections. With slender majorities, Trump’s ability to entirely repeal Obamacare could be dependent on how quickly he can come up with a solution to replace it.
If the upcoming elections go badly and the Republicans lose a branch of government the opposition could rollback these proposed changes.
Last Word – Is Obamacare Leaving Us?
Even if the opposition Democrats can muster up some real force they could force President Trump to make big changes to his proposed healthcare changes. But even Democrats acknowledge that the days of Obamacare are numbered. The repeal of the project is already running way ahead of schedule and the elections won’t come around fast enough to change that.
Which system do you think will replace Obamacare?