Affordable Care Act Repeal Clamor Is Winding Down, Here's Is Why
Feb 20, 2017 08:37 AM EST
The Affordable Care Act repeal demand has been a lot less than it used to be since its removal does bring in dire consequences to American citizens. President Donald Trump has been pushing to get rid of Obamacare for quite some time.
However, the process of the Affordable Care Act repeal and replace proved more cumbersome than the administration expected. According to New York Times, conservative groups are now worrying that the administration will no longer have the stomach to repeal Obamacare.
Head of conservative advocacy group Club for Growth's David McIntosh expressed his frustration on the delay of the repeal. McIntosh exclaimed that Affordable Care Act repeal delays "need to stop."
Republican representative Mike Simpson said that concerns regarding the Obamacare repeal have lessened since people don't think that they are going to replace it. Health insurance companies are going to lose a lot if Obamacare gets repealed without a replacement.
Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole explained that making changes also makes them "vulnerable to attack." "This is fraught with difficulties, no doubt about it", Cole added.
Meanwhile, other health insurance companies are targeting the flaws in the Affordable Care Act. According to CNBC, Obamacare contributes to a "structural imbalance."
Ronald Williams, former CEO of health plan company Aetna, explained that older people benefit from the Affordable Care Act since they get a "much better deal" than young adults. It affected health care in an uneven manner, giving more priority to citizens who needed immediate health care as opposed to those who will still need it in years to come.
On the other hand, young adults pay more for insurance than older individuals and it makes them fail to see the value behind it anymore. Williams suggested that a "lower cost and more flexible plan" could could remedy the problem.
The former Aetna CEO also suggested that there should be a "range of options" instead of having a "one size fits all" approach. Williams mentioned that there should be a balance between individuals who need immediate health care, and those who might need it in the future.