With the vote for Paul Ryan's American Health Care Act called off last week, members of the House kept ACA on the books. With no votes from the Democrats, Republicans would have needed almost every GOP vote, but many in the party disliked the bill. Members of the Freedom Caucus said the bill didn't do enough to get rid of Obamacare, while moderates were concerned it would raise premiums and more people would be uninsured. Ultimately, Ryan determined there wouldn't be enough votes to pass the Obamacare "replacement."
I think that House Republicans made the right decision in fighting AHCA.
On the campaign trail, candidate Trump promised to quickly repeal and replace Obamacare, yet as president he supported Paul Ryan's plan which really only modified Obamacare. The Congressional Budget Office had estimated that premiums under Ryan's plan wouldn't significantly drop until 2020, election year. Trump voters supported complete repeal because they had seen their premiums significantly rise. In Virginia, for example, rates are scheduled to increase 19.5% on average, according to the State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance.
If this plan were to have been implemented, it would have shown Trump couldn't fulfill his promise of a better health care plan for the American people. I think it is time for Republicans to work on a full repeal and replacement of the ACA. It's what the voters wanted and it's the only thing that's going to solve the problem.
James City County