Divisions within the republican party killed their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Moderates are worried about the impact of the bill on medicaid and conservatives say it doesn’t go far enough.
In a press release by Congressman Larry Buschon, he says “Obamacare is collapsing and as a result patients across the country are at risk as premiums skyrocket and insurers flee the exchanges. In Indiana, premiums have increased an average of 74 percent and two of our state’s four insurers recently announced their departure from the Obamacare exchanges. Hoosiers are being priced out of the insurance market, if they can find insurance at all. This is not the healthcare Americans were promised by President Obama and Congressional Democrats when they passed Obamacare, and certainly not what they deserve.”
Now the Senate will try to see if they can repeal all of the Affordable Care Act and replace it later.
Buschon added, “To me, this is personal. I spent more than a decade as a surgeon before coming to Congress. This is about the well-being of my constituents who are struggling to access quality, affordable healthcare under Obamacare. That’s why I made a promise to repeal and replace this failed law to help drive down costs, expand access, and get the federal government out of decisions that should be left up to patients and their doctors. The House did its job to fulfill our promise. I’m extremely disappointed that, thus far, the Senate has failed to live up to its commitment to the American people. It’s time for the Senate to act.”
The non-partisan congressional budget office estimates the bill would kick $18 million people off insurance roles in the first year growing to $32 million by 2026.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced a plan to vote on an old piece of legislation that completely repeals the ACA but only after a two year transition period to give republicans time to find a replacement.