GOP Plans to Kill the ACA, but Not Immediately
WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress plan to move almost immediately next month to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as President-elect Donald J. Trump promised. But they also are likely to delay the effective date so that they have several years to phase out President Obama’s signature achievement.
This emerging “repeal and delay” strategy, which Speaker Paul D. Ryan discussed this week with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, underscores a growing recognition that replacing the health care law will be technically complicated and could be politically explosive.
Since the law was signed by Mr. Obama in March 2010, 20 million uninsured people have gained coverage, and the law has become deeply embedded in the nation’s health care system, accepted with varying degrees of enthusiasm by consumers, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and state and local governments.
I say do it. Die on that hill, Republicans, and make sure to tell everyone what you’re doing. Of course, there’s some horseshit about “replacement plans” and “It’s the Democrats’ fault” but surely not all Republican voters- some of whom are already feeling buyer’s remorse- can be stupid enough to just accept their healthcare being stolen, right?