Whether the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives last month, offers an effective repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—affectionately known as Obamacare—is the subject of much debate as the Senate takes up another attempt to deal with the failed health-care fiasco.
It’s indisputable, however, that any replacement plan failing to deal with cost—the primary malady affecting health-care policy—is an effort in futility.
A growing body of evidence suggests that not only has Obamacare done little to address the cost of health-care products and services, it’s exacerbated the problem.
Recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates average premiums are 105 percent higher for Americans in the 39 states purchasing policies through the federal exchange in 2017 than for individuals’ plans in 2013—before the exchange was created.
The analysis further unpacked reports that the average individual market premiums rose from $2,784 before Obamacare had kicked up to $5,712 in 2017.
“Affordable” Care Act, anyone?
All of this, it seems, would produce a wonderful opportunity for Republicans, who control Congress, the presidency and most state legislatures to use the leverage given them by voters to tattoo history with: “Here’s how you do health-care reform,” and do it right.
Don’t get your hopes up.
Insurance-company lobbyists and welfare recipients have joined forces to weaken the resolve of many legislators who campaigned for changing a policy that never should have been implemented in the first place.
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