One of the most prominent promises in Donald Trump’s campaign to become the POTUS has come crashing down. The reference of course, is, Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka “Obamacare”. One of the thorns in the side of Republicans. The Trump campaign and office alike, had promised the voters to repeal and replace ACA, which according to the republicans, was broken.
One of the main promises of the inclusions in the new bill was that the people would have to pay a fraction of the cost of what they were currently paying for healthcare. But as the details of the bill started to come to light, it sent the general public onto a completely defensive stance. Rightly so as one of the prominent effects of the new bill, Affordable Health Care Act, would have left an estimated 24 million Americans without insurance by 2026. The bill that was supposed to be for the people suddenly seemed against them.
The bill for starters, would have raised the premium costs, especially crucial for older Americans on pensions and would’ve burdened them substantially. According to the report from AARP the AHCA could have raised the premiums of people aged between 50 to 64 years by $ 8,400 per annum. The benefits were there, just not for the people, the bill was meant for. Instead the bill provided benefits such as a $ 200 billion worth of tax brakes for insurance companies, drug makers and other related industries.
There were widespread protests and activism against the bill as has become the norm under the Trump administration. First the two attempts at a religious profile ban and the various other issues such as cutting funding for programs like planned parenthood and budget cuts for arts funding. Voting was due on 24th of March, 2017. At the final moments, news broke about the law being pulled as there were not enough votes to pass the bill. It dealt a blow to the promise Trump had made to his voters of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“The speaker has encouraged members to continue talking so we can get to a place of yes and fulfil our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare”
As it stands, there is a confusion now as the president insisted on moving to other matters of importance but at the same time, Republicans are said to be working behind the scenes on the bill to include things left out that made even their party members to vote against it. As of now, Obamacare or ACA is still the law of the land.
It will be interesting to see what happens next in the bid to replace ACA as Democrats are now said to be working on improving the flaws of the ACA as well in a bid to improve it.