Health Politics

The Bill To Repeal and Replace Obamacare Failed, Get The Facts On Why

On the evening of July 17th, the battle to repeal and replace Obamacare started looking grim, after two more Republican senators, Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mike Lee (R-UT) came out against the new healthcare bill. This meant that the bill would leave 48 “yes” votes and 52 “no” votes, as a total of four Republicans publicly stated they would vote against the bill. Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday evening that the bill had failed, and that it was clear that they wouldn’t be moving forward with healthcare reform. The key problem with why this failed is that Democrats have firmly pledged to stand behind Obamacare, even though it is a devastating law for middle class families, with increase premium costs as much as 150%. The ACA healthcare law also makes it very difficult for healthcare providers to receive compensation or their services under the healthcare law, and it does nothing to address the outrageous cost of prescription drugs. Currently, McConnell is going to propose a bill to just repeal Obamacare, and he has 50 votes to do that. His hope is that repealing Obamacare will bring Democrats to the negotiating table to build a bill that is good for all Americans and addresses major issues in the American healthcare system like drug costs, and insurance mandates.The only problem with a full repeal is that there would be twelve million uninsured people while they negotiate the terms of a new bill. The vote to repeal would likely happen after John McCain returns back to work after recovering from surgery in Arizona, but even so a full repeal would be devastating to those who get insurance through the Affordable Care Act that was signed into law in 2010 by Barack Obama.

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