The GOP Health Care Playbook: All Repeal and No Replace

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Republicans have been working to repeal this landmark legislation and undo newfound patient protections and consumer freedoms.  But while they insist on revoking this law, which has provided new benefits for patients, employers and care providers, Republican leaders have refused to offer an alternative solution.  And according to Politico, Republicans have no plans to replace this law, regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling tomorrow:

“Republicans still have only one thing in mind when it comes to President Barack Obama’s health care law: full repeal.

“If the Supreme Court wholly or partially strikes down the law on Thursday, House Republicans won’t rush to pass a bill that allows young adults under 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance. They won’t pass legislation forcing insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. And the gap in drug coverage that requires seniors to pay more out of pocket — the so-called donut hole — won’t immediately be closed.

“Never mind that those are some of the most popular provisions in the health care law — Republicans will be in no rush to pass any health care legislation besides a straight repeal measure after the Supreme Court rules.

Republicans have continued to be the party of ‘no’ without offering any substantial policy of their own.  Americans need real solutions, and the Affordable Care Act has provided that.

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