With the new Administration still being formed and trying to get past the exit of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Congress is still kind of stuck in neutral. The House has been working to pass small bills and resolutions, while the Senate is mostly working with Confirmations still, due to Democratic Opposition to all of Trump’s appointee’s (just because they’re Trump’s). With everything that’s been going on and just clogging up the news, the repeal efforts that we the people were promised to get rid of Obamacare have somewhat slowed and stalled out.
However, there is hope, and some growing momentum too.
Right now, there are currently two 3 House Bills and 3 Senate Bills that are looking to Repeal Obamacare, but only a few of these plan to do something after it’s been repealed.
In this post, I’m going to be talking about the Ted Cruz bill to repeal Obamacare. I’ll give a summary of the bill, my thoughts on it, and a rating too. My rating will be done with yellow diamonds (for special character fun) on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being terrible, and 5 being great.
S. 106 – Obamacare Repeal Act
Introduced by: Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Summary: This bill would do as much as the title say’s: repeal Obamacare. This is expressly seen in Section 2 of the Bill:
2. Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
(a) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
Effective on January 1, 2018, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) is repealed and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
(b) Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010:
Effective on January 1, 2018, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152) is repealed and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
My Take: This bill does nothing to change Federal Law after this, which is concerning. There is a reason why Obamacare was originally passed in the first place, and it’s besides the thought of the government controlling more of the market. The healthcare system before ACA was still a big mess. People were unsatisfied. Even if it were passed by only Democrats with barely any Republican help, people wanted change. Repealing Obamacare is a good thing, but there has to be some sort of reforms of other existing policy beyond simply this.
I rate this 3 Diamonds: ♦♦♦
Read the full bill over at GovTrack.Us: [Link]