Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is headed for the trash heap if Republican campaign promises turn into reality when the GOP takes control of both houses of Congress in January.
But what comes next?
"Repeal and replace" have become the new Republican bywords for action —
toss Obamacare into the dustbin of history and replace it with an entirely new healthcare bill that will include some dramatic changes over the current Obamacare structure, Fox News reports.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, stated, "The House, I'm sure, at some point next year will move to repeal Obamacare, because it should be repealed and it should be replaced with common sense reforms that respect the doctor-patient relationship," Fox News reported.
Currently, according to the National Journal,
about 7.3 million people are enrolled in Obamacare.
Healthcare economist John Goodman told Fox News, "If you repeal it, you're going to have to replace it with something and 'repeal and replace' is just another way of saying we're going to change Obamacare into something different and better."
Writing for USA Today,
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has joined with Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in putting forward the Patient CARE Act, said, "Voters last week flatly rejected the Obama administration's policies and created a new opportunity to improve American healthcare by electing a Republican Congress that is firmly committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare."
Any new plan, Fox News noted, likely would contain provisions for coverage of pre-existing conditions, subsidies to let consumers to buy any insurance plan they want, new rules allowing children under 26 to stay on their parents' plan and lower taxes.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., likely to become majority leader in the new Senate, also noted concerns with Obamacare's tax on medical devices, "which has exported an enormous number of jobs," and provisions mandating employers to enroll full-time employees, causing many companies to lay off employees or cut back hours to below full time, Fox News reported.
Other Republican proposals include allowing purchase of insurance across state lines and removing the requirement that people purchase healthcare or face penalties.
Obamacare may fall under its own weight — the Supreme Court is about to hear a challenge to the law's subsidy setup, NBC News reports,
which could give Republicans ample time for legislative wrangling on a replacement plan as they await the Supreme Court decision.
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