Despite waffling on the subject considerably in the days and months after the election, President-elect Trump is set to begin dismantling Obamacare beginning on the first day of his presidency with no concrete plan on how to replace it.
As reported by VP-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday morning, President Trump plans to exercise a series of executive orders in order to begin the process of dismantling and allegedly replacing the health care system.
Many are concerned about Trump’s plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act as many, including many who voted for him, depend on the healthcare plan to care for them and their families. Many have expressed concern about what they would do if forced to go back to pre-ACA days.
Though Paul Ryan and the rest are giddy that Trump is doing their bidding, the speaker has admitted that there is currently no plan in place to actually replace the health care system, putting millions at risk.
Rep. Chris Collins, a congressional ally of Trump, reportedly said Congressional Republicans will have a replacement bill ready in six months – a target date that means little.
According to the money minds at CNN, it will cost taxpayers $350 billion over the next decade to replace the ACA, despite their hatred of government spending and taxes. And that is before any costs from adding a new healthcare system has been added.
This is vastly different from the implementation of Obamacare in 2010, which was carefully crafted not to add to the federal deficit. In fact, the program boosted revenues slightly at the time.
Republicans are surely at a sticky point, forcing themselves to follow through on an ill-thought-out plan to repeal the one piece of legislation they have collectively demonized for the last 8 years. Their successes or failures will be in their own hands, now.