Its been six years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). You would think that in all that time Republicans could surely come up with something better. Yet in the race for the presidency, they havent.
None of the GOP presidential candidates has a credible plan to replace Obamacare. That is, none of them has a plan to seriously deal with the problems of uninsurance, pre-existing conditions and healthcare costs. The repeal of Obamacare without any plan to deal with these problems will make all three problems worse. The minute you repeal Obamacare:
20 million people lose their health insurance.
Millions of people with pre-existing conditions are suddenly vulnerable.
Medicare reverts to its previously high cost spending path.
On the first two, see the Slate piece entitled Ted Cruz to the sick: drop dead. It could have legitimately used the same title for Trump or Kasich.
|John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the Father of Health Savings Accounts.|
Obamacare remains highly controversial and faces ongoing legal and political challenges. Polls show that by a large margin Americans remain opposed to the healthcare law and seek to repeal and replace it. However, the question is: Replace it with what?