We know you have all been glued to the edge of your seats waiting for that plan from the GOP to “replace” the health reform law. Turns out you are going to have to wait a little longer, as the GOP “shies away” from actually doing something to address skyrocketing health care costs and insurance company discrimination.
When House Republicans passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act way back in January of last year, they vowed to replace it with a plan of their own.
But as the Hill reports today, surprise, surprise, they still don’t have one and might not EVER have one:
“Republicans might not offer a comprehensive plan to replace President Obama’s healthcare law if the Supreme Court strikes it down this summer.”
“House Republicans had said they would have a healthcare bill ready to go by the time of the ruling to present a clear alternative to the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act.”
“But now, with the high court’s ruling just weeks away, some conservatives are urging the party to abandon that strategy, fearing voters will recoil from another sweeping revamp of the healthcare system.”
“’I don’t want to go that route,’ said Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), a doctor and a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
After waiting this long, it is clear to see: The GOP didn’t have a plan to “replace” the ACA back in January of last year and they certainly don’t have a plan now.
While Republicans have spent all this time dithering on their plan, the Affordable Care Act has helped over 2.5 million young people access care through their parents’ private insurance plans, helped free 17 million children from discrimination based on a pre-existing condition and helped over 5 million seniors save $3.2 billion on prescription drug costs.