Even as President Donald Trump completes his 100 days in the Oval Office this April end, he seems to be denied his most awaited “success” on the health care reform. Not just the opposition is united against any such move of the Trump administration, but some Republicans also seem to be posing a major hurdle.
According to reports, House Republican leaders on Thursday delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill – a second attempt to roll back the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or simply the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – until next week at the earliest, denying Trump the legislative victory during his tumultuous 100 days in office. Earlier, the planned vote on the ACA repeal bill was cancelled last month by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan after it became clear that even the House Republicans were not supporting it.
President trump needs 216 votes to repeal Obamacare and pass the new health bill, called the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). Obamacare, legislated by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by the then President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, focuses on helping hospitals and primary physicians improve health outcomes by lowering costs, improving accessibility and modifying procedures financially, technologically and clinically.
Not enough votes
Even though President Trump has been pushing for the rollback of Obamacare, no new vote has been scheduled by him as the Republicans and administration officials are still in the process of discussing changes in the AHCA.
One of the senior Grand Old Party (GOP) leaders expressed his doubts on whether the president would actually be able to get the votes required to repeal the ACA. There is also a possibility that the White House might face a government cessation unless the lawmakers find a common platform for the new bill by the end of the next week.
Opposition from ruling party members
Several Republican lawmakers are objecting to the repeal of Obamacare. Representative Jeff Denham opposed the move saying that he would not support it unless it left significant parts of the Obamacare intact.
The still prevalent Obamacare provides federal aid to states that has allowed them to expand the Medicaid safety net programs and scale back tax subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income Americans buy commercial health plans. If the bill is repealed, millions of low- and middle- income Americans will be left without insurance.
Along with this, the House bill would also revoke several taxes that are imposed by the current law to fund the expansion of health coverage. If that was not all, the house bill would also scrap the unnecessary requirement of having an insurance or paying a penalty.
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, also believes that the latest attempt is full of broken promises and misleading rhetoric. According to her, the promises made by President Trump and proposed in the new bill contradict each other. While he had promised to protect health coverage for those with preexisting conditions, the new plan destabilizes this critically important and popular ACA provision.
Winning over the vote bank would not be easy for the present government, since the insurers and patient advocates are demanding a commitment from the President’s administration to continue providing an additional financial aid to low-income Americans who currently buy health coverage through the ACA marketplaces.
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