Obama Rallies Democrats Against Republicans for Battle Over Healthcare IssueBy Shelly Foster Jan 09, 2017
Ending the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost employer plans would cost $209 billion over this same period. A mere 6 percent of the population has benefited by gaining significant reductions in premium costs, although many of these citizens have been shocked at ever increasing deductibles as well.
However, state exchanges set up by the law have also suffered, as insurers have pulled out following Republicans' refusal to fund subsidies to insurance companies.
In my view, Obama owed his election and re-election to the feeling - widely shared by Americans, including many who didn't vote for him - that it would be a good thing for Americans to elect a black president.
In the address, Black added that a new system would protect those with pre-existing conditions and permit the purchase of insurance across state lines.
"They could rename the Affordable Care Act "TrumpCare, ' 'McConnellCare" or 'RyanCare, '" President Obama said. He said Republicans will be taking a "two-track approach" with a combination of executive and legislative actions.
President Obama visited Capitol Hill today to deliver a message to the Democratic caucus about his signature health care law: "look out for the American people", he told reporters as he sauntered out of the Capitol. "I guess I thought that, you know, he would not do this, he would not take health insurance away knowing it would affect so many people's lives", Debbie Mills, an Obamacare enrollee in Kentucky who supported Trump, told Vox.
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But if he rushes ahead with that plan before a replacement insurance plan is ready, the results would be bad for many Americans and likely disastrous for the Republican agenda, as a recent study by the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute strongly suggests.
President-elect Donald Trump with President Obama at the White House. Obama called this measure a "disservice" to the American people and taunted Republicans to present a real plan for the public to study and debate. "They want to see what comes next before they seen the ACA repealed".
Hmmm. Congressional Republicans might have a problem on their hands. In the meantime, however, Democrats are chiding Republicans for seeking to repeal the law without a replacement. Few if any of the low-priced "health co-ops" encouraged under the law have survived. "Patients and other stakeholders should be able to clearly compare current policy to new proposals so they can make informed decisions about whether it represents a step forward in the ongoing process of health reform". It has become abundantly clear that something must be done. Republicans have yet to introduce a replacement bill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, joined by fellow Congressional Democrats, brands what Republicans are trying to do when it comes to health care as "Make America Sick Again". The millions of dollars spent on Healthcare.gov that took more than a year to function properly was the first blow.
Democrats have already taken aim at Trump's proposed nominees, as opposed to the GOP's rapid approval of Obama's Cabinet appointees.
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