Republicans won't address the root problem of Obamacare

Posted July 05, 2017

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump "hasn't changed his thinking at all" about the struggling health care bill.

Of course Republicans did not defund Obamacare - there was never any chance they could - and the subsidies began.

And the Republican plan that I'm proposing - and, again, I'm still willing to support a combine repeal and replace, if our leader can get a good replace plan across the finish line in the next week when we come back from this work period. Several Republican senators have signed on to Trump's strategy, including Sen. "Failure has to be possible or you can't have success".

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said negotiations over the Senate bill were focusing on ways to address the issue of Medicaid coverage so that "nobody falls through the cracks", combating the opioid crisis, as well as giving families more choice in selecting their insurance plan. But this week he announced a new change that could sway his vote.

To recap: The health care marketplace before Obamacare was bad because too many people had no health care and the rest paid too much.

Yet, a few years in, though, most have learned to navigate the rules and find health care through it.

McConnell's assessment of the process for adopting the ACA was at best, inaccurate.

For 30-year-old Eli Whitlock, the Affordable Care Act was working just fine. Could he have imagined that his letter and then invitation on the morning show he knows the president would be watching wouldn't make McConnell's job near impossible?

Whitlock said he was 21 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. And while many Republicans wanted the government completely out of health care - a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act - others wanted to keep some of the more popular aspects. Now he's on his wife's insurance, and they are expecting their first child in December.

"You just can't get rid of this, because you can't leave people without what they need", said Ohio's GOP Gov. John Kasich on ABC's This Week.

Finding a replacement for the law is "very challenging", but allowing Obamacare to remain in place is not an option, McConnell said, according to a video of his remarks posted on the website of the Courier-Journal newspaper, based in Louisville, Kentucky.

It's not that the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare is beloved. Almost two months ago, I compared the House version of the AHCA to the current Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare").