A Look at Four of the GOP's Obamacare Replacement Plans

We also continue to hear the narrative that repealing Obamacare will take insurance away from millions of Americans overnight.

An estimated 1.1 million Pennsylvanians would lose insurance coverage if the ACA is repealed without an adequate replacement plan. In 2019 alone, repealing Obamacare would take $556 million out of Maine's economy.

Monday, a pair of Republican senators proposed a partial replacement for Obamacare.

Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) participated today in a House Committee on the Budget hearing created to explore the rising cost of health care and other harmful consequences of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In Ohio, for example, Corlett estimates that out of the 700,000 residents who received coverage once the state expanded Medicaid, 200,000 struggle with substance abuse. He said Republicans should work with Democrats to improve Obamacare instead of repealing it. If this were to happen, it could kill the individual insurance markets, which rely on healthy enrollees to help fund coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Individuals and small businesses could still purchase insurance on state exchanges, and low-income individuals could be eligible for federal subsidies to cover the cost of insurance. "That is certainly part of the official plans that are being worked on".

You will not loose coverage because of the executive order.

"It's got some elements of per-capita caps and block grants, and I just worry that, knowing that we have an aging population and some growing health care needs among people with disabilities, and obviously we have this terrible opioid and heroin crisis, I just think we need to look very carefully at these types of proposals", he said. Recent polls show that its popularity has grown over the last couple of weeks, especially features disallowing discrimination against pre-existing conditions and letting people stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26.

"If you want Grandma living in the guest room, then repeal the Affordable Care Act", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi added. These protections do not just apply to individuals buying insurance through their state marketplace, but for nearly everyone in the country.

Health care isn't affordable or accessible when a family has only one insurer to choose from and their premium is more than their mortgage payment, which is becoming a common occurrence across our state. Get a serious illness requiring extended hospitalizations, repeated surgeries, or expensive medications, and you could wind up going bankrupt. President Trump has not yet released a replacement plan and members say that what that might entail remains unknown.

"Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act-Obamacare", Trump said. This means that if you have a pre-existing condition and you change jobs, your new insurer can not increase your rates or deny you insurance because of your pre-existing condition.

Bottom line, if you've benefited from Obamacare under any of these provisions, now's a good time to let your representatives and senators know.

  • Archie Newman