By: Leah Howard
At the end of the month, House Republican leaders withdraw the attempts to repeal the ACA from the house floor. This setback on Friday, March 24th was prompted because of the administration did not have enough votes to repeal the bill, and forced Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to state “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” After the disappointing vote, President Trump stated that the ACA will ultimately explode, and went on to state that it would cause an increase in premiums. The bill was repealed without any set plans to try again.
There are still ways that Republicans can change the ACA. They could implement changes in the way the ACA is regulated and administered, for example by getting rid of cost-sharing subsidies that limit out-of-pocket expenses. The Trump administration could redefine what in the bill is termed as “essential health benefits (EHBs),” which are basic health benefits in issues like prescription medication, maternal care, contraceptives, and preventative care. Redefining and loosening EHBs could reduce what is covered. The replacement bill failure was a major win for Democrats and skeptical Republicans, but there are still many more avenues President Trump can take in order to get his plan running again.