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Resolved, that the Affordable Care Act be fully repealed
Brief: In the first years following his inauguration into office, President Obama and the Democratic Congress worked on legislation that would serve as a major overhaul of America’s healthcare system that later passed by a party-line vote. The law is officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but is commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” The law is extremely complex and contains a multitude of provisions some of which are extremely popular, such as the requirement for insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions. However, some are broadly disliked, such as the government mandate for individuals to purchase insurance. Now that the political conditions have reversed and the White House and Congress are both controlled by Republicans, the future of the ACA is in the balance. Most Republicans tout a plan to fully repeal the ACA and then replace it with a different system that may contain some of the more popular portions of Obamacare. On the other hand, Democratic lawmakers argue that while the law is imperfect, it would be better to address its specific flaws while keeping the majority of the legislation in effect. Since the ACA has become law it has been credited with a variety of impacts, from rising insurance premiums as a negative, and more Americans covered under insurance as a benefit. Full analysis and debate about our nation’s healthcare system requires a tremendous amount of information and nuance, but in the end our policymakers have to come to a decision as to what they see would most benefit the American people. But this month, the question is also yours to decide: does a good future American healthcare system require the full repeal of Obamacare?
- Health insurance premiums have increased by double digit percentages in most states in the years since Obamacare went into effect. The ACA was supposed to lower average family’s healthcare expenses by $2500 a year, instead their healthcare cost have increased from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
- Obamacare has inhibited the growth of small business and jobs. If a business wants to hire more than 50 people it has to provide health insurance for all its employees or pay a tremendous fine, keeping many business from hiring more Americans.
- Obamacare was rushed through Congress without time for a proper review. The law is the longest in U.S. history but then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”
- The Affordable Care Act has expanded access to healthcare to millions of Americans. The U.S. rate of uninsured was nearly cut in half between 2010 and 2016, the expansion of Medicaid has brought affordable care to millions of Americans, and now young people are able to stay on their parents plans until they reach age 26.
- Obamacare contains many protections for American consumers. The ACA prevents insurance companies for denying you coverage, dropping your plan, or increasing your premiums if you get sick or have a pre-existing conditions. The law also prevents insurance companies for charging women more than men.
- According to a survey conducted by Hart Research Associates, more than two-thirds of Americans favor fixing the flaws in the ACA rather than repealing it entirely and replacing it with something new.
To read a summary of the Affordable Care Act’s major provisions click here. For an analysis of the positive and negative effects of the law click here. For an article advocating for a repeal of Obamacare click here. For an article pushing to maintain the law click here.