Congress Plans Fake Obamacare Repeal

December 14, 2016

 
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Repeal of Obamacare is not a done deal. A few Republicans want flat-out repeal. Others a two- or three-year delay (which realistically means NO repeal). Some claim “repeal” that’s not repeal. For example, while in Washington, D.C. last week, I heard one Congressman support “repeal” but want to keep the law’s $3 trillion and spend it differently. That’s not repeal. One insider said many Members haven’t “gotten the message” of the election. True.
 
I think the Affordable Care Act will only be repealed if: 1) President Trump really wants it, Congressman Tom Price, M.D., Trump’s choice for Secretary of HHS, begins rescinding the 40,000 pages of ACA regulations, memos and guidance documents (I congratulated him when I met him in the hallway), liberty-minded Senators resist fake repeals, the House Freedom Caucus demands full repeal, and We the People require nothing less.  YOU are key to repeal.
 
The CCHF message I shared on Capitol Hill was:
  • Repeal Obamacare in its entirety (Force the Democrats to filibuster 24/7!)
  • If necessary, use budget reconciliation to get a significant partial repeal that’s bigger than the 2015 repeal bill, which didn’t even repeal the individual mandate.
  • Don’t wait for a replacement or we’ll never get repeal.
  • The only “replacement plan” should be one that sends health care back to the states.
  • Delay the effective date of repeal no longer than September 2017, preferably June 2017.
  • Vote to repeal the ACA as close to the past election as possible.
 
Staffers (and a TIME magazine reporter I met with) asked about the 20 million Obamacare enrollees, the number the Left has weaponized to scare Republicans. I explained who’s in that number and how most of them will be covered because they were previously eligible but hadn’t enrolled, state or federal programs previously covered many of those with pre-existing conditions (and can again, as Alaska just did), and those who lost their coverage due to the ACA can buy private policies again.
 
I reminded them of all the people hurt by the law. Some may drop insurance for the first time in their lives due to the cost. Even the “covered” have limited options, painfully narrow networks, high deductibles and unaffordable premiums.
 
Meanwhile, health plans are maneuvering to get what they want. They’ll accept repeal of the individual mandate but they want a softer version (incentives with penalties) and government subsidies that cover their losses and keep them flush with cash:
 
  • Late enrollment penalties
  • Waiting periods to access coverage if you don’t remain insured
  • Subsidies to help insurers cover the expenses of high-cost individuals
  • Taxpayer-funded “cost-sharing” subsidies paid to insurers to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of low-income individuals
 
In short, health plans want a softer, kinder, gentler version of Obamacare. It’s time for action. We need YOU to call your member of Congress and tell them: "Repeal it all. Repeal it now! NO DELAY.”
 
Working for FULL REPEAL NOW,
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder