The Trump administration wants to toss all of ObamaCare, so one organization says Congress needs to return to the issue and put together something good for good.
Because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act zeroed out the ACA's individual mandate penalty or tax for not having health coverage, a federal district judge ruled against the law in 2018. This week, the Trump administration told the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the ruling from District Judge Reed O'Connor should be affirmed.
Marie Fishpaw of The Heritage Foundation thinks the announcement is a good reminder that ObamaCare has had a lot of trouble since the beginning.
"It's led to increased costs and reduced choices and hasn't really helped the sick access the care that they need," she says. "The reminder for all of us is that Congress needs to return to the issue and put down real solutions that help Americans and address their concerns."
Conservatives have been working on a plan to do just that.
"We've come up with a proposal called the Health Care Choices Proposal that would result in lowering premiums by about 30 percent and increase enrollment in private coverage and innovative arrangements while protecting people who are vulnerable, like those with pre-existing conditions," says Fishpaw.
Democrats, including Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-California), accuse Trump and his administration of trying to take healthcare away from tens of millions of Americans.
"We must fight back again with everything we've got," Senator Harris tweeted. "And in 2020 we need to elect a president who will make healthcare a right."
Harris is one of many proponents of Medicare for All. There are different bills pushing for that, and while the idea has been around for years, Medicare for All became a household name of sorts when Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) was seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Sanders, Harriers, et al claim that healthcare is a right, and providing the same care for everyone would level the playing field and remove the headaches of picking plans and paying bills.
"That is not going to help Americans, and in fact, it's going to realize their worst fears for healthcare," says Fishpaw. "It'll lead to long wait times, the inability to get care when you need it, and most importantly, it's going to really hurt the sick who rely on the ability to see a doctor when they need to see one."
She concludes that sort of plan is "definitely the wrong direction" and urges Congress to do a lot better than that in order to help Americans realize their hopes for their healthcare.