ACA Update: Repeal or Repair?

While the fate of the ACA and health insurance coverage for millions hangs in the balance, Republican lawmakers wrangle over terminology.

While questions regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been at the forefront of many legislative discussions in the past few months, Republican lawmakers have been stalwart on the point of repealing the healthcare act, which began with budget reconciliation by Congress just a few weeks ago.

However, The Hill is now reporting that the GOP has changed its tact and now plans to repair the law. Explore some of the keynotes of the new “repair” efforts below.

• House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) told reporters the GOP will eliminate some provisions of the ACA and attempt to maintain or change others.
• Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said repair may be more realistic as many Democrat will work to prevent a full ACA repeal. He told reporters, “ObamaCare wasn’t passed by reconciliation, it can’t be repealed by reconciliation. So we can repair the individual market, which is a good place to start.”
• The party isn’t completely unified behind the diction change, with some saying the GOP should maintain its focus on completely repealing the ACA. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) said this change goes against the promise President Donald Trump and the GOP made to Americans.
• Full repeal of the ACA could have major consequences for legislators in states that opted to expand Medicaid. Some lawmakers believe a full repeal could also disrupt insurance markets, and these unintended consequences could hurt the Republican Party’s reputation in future elections, according to The Hill’s report.

Read more at The Hill.

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