On January 20th, Barack Obama will no longer be the president of the United States. In his place, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president. For the first time in eight years, a Republican will be in office. Needless to say, this will mean that several changes will be made to the way the country is run. One of the big topics that Trump has focused on is health care. Being a Republican, it’s not really a surprise that he’s against Obamacare. So, the big question is, what’s his move once he’s in office?
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has been in effect since March 23, 2010. The law was designed to give consumers control over their health care by allowing them to make informed decisions based on knowing all their options. This gives people the ability to compare and choose health insurance coverage that works best for them. The program initially intended to aid children with pre-existing conditions in acquiring their needed health insurance coverage. Before the ACA, people were often rejected coverage for children with pre-existing conditions. Also under Obamacare, people’s rights to choose their doctors were protected and the lifetime limits on the amount of care a person could receive were ended. It also protected consumers from insurance fraud, abuse, and keeps insurance companies from wasting your money. Doesn’t sound all that bad, does it?
Conservatives have a lot of beef with this law. They feel that it makes people lazy and not want to work. However, since Obamacare has been in effect, the job rate went up by 9%. Also, Republicans are big on privacy and choice. Most jobs require you to pay for Obamacare now. They’re not a fan of it. Now that Mr.Trump is president, something is going to change.
Trump’s goal of reforming Obamacare will likely be achieved. His site includes a page titled “Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again” that includes seven specific steps on his plan to reform the Affordable Care Act. He believes that the best way to reduce the necessity of the number of individuals needing access to programs like Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program we will need to install programs that grow the economy and bring capital and jobs back to America. The best social program has always been a job – and taking care of our economy will go a long way towards reducing our dependence on public health programs.
Whether or not Trump will effectively reform Obamacare is unknown, but as an Americans, all we can do is hope for the best.