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Opinion

Don’t buy ‘repeal’ without ‘replace’


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 09, 2017 - 6:22 AM

In light of the Republican Party’s inability to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, their new strategy, outlined by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, Sunday morning is to just repeal now, with a delay, and then negotiate a replacement later. This cannot be allowed to happen.

This strategy will allow them to justify their election, in which they ran on repeal and replace, to their base and the delay will not allow the public to experience the terrible effects of their possible replacement plan until after they are re-elected. Once they gain re-election, they can then push the blame on the Democrats for not working with them on a replacement bill and use the threat of the ACA expiring to push through a bill that will take insurance coverage from millions of Americans.

Even if this strategy backfires and the Democrats regain control of the House and the Senate in 2018, they will still retain the office of the president and thus the power of the veto to keep the Democratic Party from reinstating the ACA or a better plan. And they can still use the threat of the ACA expiring to hamper the efforts to craft a workable bill that benefits all Americans. The only people who will benefit from a Republican-crafted health care bill will be wealthy citizens who will receive a massive tax break and the insurance industry which will be allowed to use exorbitant increases in premiums to avoid covering high risk customers.

Everyone should let their senators and representatives know the repeal without an immediate quality replacement plan that covers all Americans is not a fair deal to the American public.

Tom Thomason

Newnan