Obamacare: Five Things You May Not Know About the Health Care Law

As Republicans prepare to take over the White House and both houses of Congress next month, they’ve got President Barack Obama’s signature legislation squarely in their sights.

Some GOP leaders say they want to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act as soon as possible and figure out how to replace it later. Others say they may want to move more cautiously, changing certain aspects while keeping others. What’s clear is that big changes are in the works — even as the majority of Americans say they’d like to keep most of what the law offers.

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How The Patient CARE Act Would Repeal And Replace Obamacare

Avik Roy recently posted a useful and highly informative tutorial on the pitfalls of simply passing the identical Obamacare repeal plan that successfully passed Congress in January 2016 and was vetoed by President Obama. Although the “repeal-and-delay” strategy seems to have been largely endorsed by Republicans in the House, Mr. Roy notes that “According to Louise Radnofsky and Kristina Peterson of the Wall Street Journal, at least three GOP senators—Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Susan Collins of Maine—are wary of repealing the ACA’s funding streams without a replacement already worked out.”

In the interests of further illuminating what’s at stake in this effort to move American health care off the misguided path onto which Obamacare has placed it, I plan to review several “repeal-and-replace” plans to illustrate some of the trade-offs entailed in coming up with such a plan.

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How Repealing Obamacare Could Bring Disaster to People With Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Critics of the Affordable Care Act love to bathe the pre-Obamacare period in a golden glow, as if everyone just adored their old insurance plans before the ACA mucked everything up.

That adoration doesn’t make much sense to people who tried to find coverage for their pre-existing medical conditions. They were routinely denied coverage, offered bare-bones plans at stratospheric prices or dropped from their plans when they fell ill. The consequences of returning to that world would be dire for millions of Americans with such conditions, as a recent paper from the Kaiser Family Foundation reminds us. Its report, which complements a survey from Georgetown University that we reported on earlier this month, is timely indeed.

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Ryan: Obamacare Phaseout Will Leave ‘No One Worse Off’

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he envisions an extended transition from Obamacare that ensures “no one is worse off” after Congress votes to repeal the program.

The Speaker declined to say how long it would take Republicans to design a replacement so that the millions of people now covered by the Affordable Care Act can be transitioned off it.

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Republicans May Not Be Prepared for the Obamacare War

Republican Senate and House leaders who have summarily decided on a “repeal and dawdle” plan for Obamacare don’t seem to understand what they are up against. They see House and Senate majorities, an incoming president who vowed to repeal all of Obamacare and a reconciliation process that allows them to gut Obamacare taxes and subsidies, essentially killing the program with 51 votes in the Senate. Do they understand it won’t be that easy?

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If Not Obamacare, Then What?

As her hair was styled at the Grace Kelly hair salon in this quaint tourist town, a middle-aged mother told me that she wants Obamacare gone, even though her 24-year-old son is still on her plan, thanks to an Obamacare provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26. (The woman asked that we not use her name because she’s worried about her privacy.)

In its place, she’d like to see a new law in which people pay for their insurance as a percentage of their income, so that everyone has some “skin in the game.” When I asked her if the Obamacare subsidies, which reimburse people making less than about $48,000 for a portion of their health-insurance premiums based on their income level, come close enough to this kind of system, she balked. “I do not like the Obamacare subsidies,” she said.

Thus goes yet another attempt to solve the health-care riddle of the hour: If not Obamacare, then what?

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Killing Obamacare Also Means a Massive Tax Cut for the 1%

The Republican campaign promise to end Obamacare could make it harder for millions of poor and middle-class Americans to buy health insurance. But it would also mean a big tax cut for the wealthy, with richest 0.1% pocketing an extra $197,000 on average, according to a new report from the Tax Policy Center.

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The Republicans’ Obamacare Fantasy

Senate Republicans seem to think that their Democratic counterparts will work with them on a bipartisan basis on health care reform. They’re right. The only problem is that they think that lifeline will come after they repeal the Affordable Care Act, rather than beforehand.

Senate Republicans seem to think that their Democratic counterparts will work with them on a bipartisan basis on health care reform. They’re right. The only problem is that they think that lifeline will come after they repeal the Affordable Care Act, rather than beforehand.

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Obamacare Report Card Claims Next Year’s Higher Premiums Are ‘One-Time Adjustment’

The Obama administration on Tuesday released a wide-ranging, positive report card on the Affordable Care Act, describing how Obamacare has driven down the rate of people without health insurance “to its lowest level in history,” increased financial security and access for consumers who seek medical care, and bent the cost-curve of health-care spending.

The Council of Economic Advisers report also argues that the big price hikes in Obamacare premiums for plans that go into effect in 2017 “are a one-time pricing correction, not a harbinger of future market instability,” and that the premium increases next year do not threaten the overall stability of the individual health-plan market.

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Trump and the GOP Are Charging Forward With Obamacare Repeal, but Few Are Eager to Follow

As they race to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are leaving behind nearly everyone but their base voters and a handful of conservative activists.

Not a single major organization representing patients, physicians, hospitals or others who work in the nation’s healthcare system backs the GOP’s Obamacare strategy.

Read More at the Los Angeles Times