Tenth Week

During Week 10, I learned about President Trump’s American Health Care Act. Part of President-elect Trump’s platform was to have radical healthcare reform. He believes that Americans have suffered an incredible economic burden ever since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. He believes the ACA has the following problems: runaway costs, malfunctioning websites, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition, and fewer choices. He believes the ACA will collapse of its own weight and proposed a seven point health care reform plan to repair the problems he observed with the ACA. The Congressional Budget Office in 2015 believed his seven-point plan would save $1.1 trillion but his entire repeal of the Affordable Care Act would cost $1.5 trillion. His plan would have 22 million Americans lose health insurance and there is no indication that health coverage would not decrease. President Trump’s main concept regarding health insurance is that marketplace competition brings costs down. On May 4, House Republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill is now under the Senate’s review where it will face daunting challenges because of the ideological splits between conservative and moderate Republicans. The future of Obamacare remains unclear.


Sources:  http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/politics/health-care-vote/



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