The fate of Obamacare is well-known now. It is all set to become history with the arrival of Donald Trump in the white House. Millions of Obamacare beneficiaries across the US are worried about the future of their healthcare as the Republicans and President elect Donald Trump making it clear that it will be the first casualty of the GOP winning the presidential election.
While there are many rabble-rousers among the Republicans who are talking rubbish against Obamacare, there are many sane voices within the GOP who are trying to make it look a bit rational. They are also trying to ease growing concerns among GOP lawmakers about rushing to repeal the federal health-care law before plans for a replacement take firmer shape, addressing complications to the effort to deliver on one of the party’s signature campaign promises.
While there is near consensus among the GOP bosses about it being chopped off as fast as possible, there is no unanimity or even a clear picture as to what sort of substitute they want to bring on the place of Obamacare.
There is no denying that healthcare is going to be a huge and rather problematic issue that the Republicans will confront in the coming months. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a leading Republican official in the Senate recently said that GOP top brass has been talking about formulating a “path forward” for addressing the health-care law.
Sen. John Thune, while talking to reporters Monday said “I would fully expect that a repeal vote could be followed by several proposals, many of which our members have been trying to get voted on for years. You might see this thing in a very step-by-step way as opposed to having one huge 2,700-page bill”.
There is widespread skepticism among Republican about Donald Trump’s vague plan about healthcare. Republicans are concerned about not having a replacement plan ready when the law is repealed. Some of the Republican Senate members have come up with several different approaches to fix the process before the Senate votes this week on a bill that establishes a process for gutting President Obama’s signature health-care law. One proposal, released Monday, would buy the GOP more time to come up with a plan by giving lawmakers until March 3 to write the final repeal bill, rather than the Jan. 27 deadline in the legislation.
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is one of those ranking Republicans who have been rather outspoken about their reluctance to pursue repealing the law without having put forth plans for a replacement measure. “I have great concerns that we inject a level of great uncertainty into an already uncertain environment if we don’t give people a clear indication as to what will come once we repeal,” Murkowski said Monday.