The American Healthcare Act

Reagan White, Staff Writer

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During the 2016 election cycle, many Republican Presidential candidates vowed that if they were elected, they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare. The greatest reason for this was because of how high health insurance premiums had risen for healthcare. According to

The Commonwealth Fund, the average total premiums increased by 62 percent in 2011, meaning that families have to pay an average of $15,000 a year, compared to the previous $9,000. Many are in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare, but what is the next step, and where do Americans go from here? On March 6th, Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced a replacement plan for Obamacare, called the American Health Care Act. According to Speaker Ryan’s Press Office, it will “move decisions away from Washington and into state programs, doctors’ offices, and family living rooms.” The plan is to modernize Medicaid, introduce the Patient and State Stability Fund, enhancing health savings accounts, provide the option of advances and refunds in monthly tax credits, and eliminate costly insurance mandates. Although many believe this is the plan that America needs for healthcare, many Republicans are in opposition to the health care bill. Paul Ryan is taking the heat from all criticizing the bill, because he is the head of the bill. Many are calling it “Ryancare” and “Obamacare lite.” Senator Tom Cotton, who has opposed Trump since the presidential campaign, said that the health care bill can’t pass the Senate without major changes. If the bill is not able to pass in the Senate, the House will need to make the changes demanded by the Senate Republicans.

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