U.S. Senate Should Strengthen, Not Undermine Obamacare Repeal Efforts

As Senate Republicans continue to negotiate changes to the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), conservatives must insist on repealing as much of Obamacare as possible. Contrary to what some elected officials may believe, repealing Obamacare is not “too harsh,” but rather a necessary first step to fix our broken health care system.

Obamacare has failed to take care of people, especially low-income Americans who buy health insurance on the individual marketplace. A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed that since the rollout of Obamacare in 2013, individual market premiums have gone up 105 percent in the 39 states using Healthcare.gov in 2017, not to mention the fact that insurers selling Obamacare plans have dropped by 45 percent over that same time period.

When you combine rising costs with a lack of choice, it is clear Obamacare has failed the people it intended to help, the same people President Trump wants to take care of. This is where Senate Republican must step up to the plate and fulfill their campaign promise to give the American people Obamacare relief.

Senate Republicans should make sure their health care bill does three things. First, repeal all Obamacare taxes once and for all. Taxing health insurance and health care services will not help make health care more affordable for the American people. Second, roll back Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion that has shifted resources away from those whom the program was originally designed to protect – poor women and children, the disabled, and the poor elderly. Adding millions of able-bodied individuals to a program that based on various studies, provides poor access to care, longer hospital stays, and higher mortality rates is not compassionate. Third, allow states to opt out of the premium-increasing insurance mandates found in Title I of Obamacare. Reducing insurance regulations is necessary to lower premiums for all Americans, especially those on a tight budget.

While these three reforms may not add up to a full repeal of Obamacare, they do provide a chance to stop the bleeding and advance substantive policy that will move our broken health care system in a positive direction.

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