Majority of the public relieved AHCA failed

On March 24, fewer than 20 days after its initial release to the public, the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with American Health Care Act was pulled from the House floor before being put to a vote.

New polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-to-1 ratio. There were reports yesterday from Washington saying that the Republican plan for health care is not dead yet and that another attempt to pass it might come before the end of the year.

He added that many West Virginians are anxious not just about health care, but also about medication, hospital stays and emergency room visits, "which are more costly than they've ever been in the history of our country".

Young Americans are divided over the issue of health care and whether government should play a role.

In the category "You don't miss the water till the well runs dry", a pretty solid majority of Americans tell Gallup they approve of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

Improving the Affordable Care Act (Donald Trump promised something "better") implies that any replacement or improvement must be both more "affordable", and provide better "care". The Freedom Caucus, a conservative wing of the House Republicans, had opposed the AHCA because they believed it didn't do enough to fulfill the GOP's promise to repeal Obamacare. And if you want a more expensive plan that covers every trip you make to the doctor, you should be free to purchase that plan, too. Since the bill went down, Trump has repeatedly lashed out at members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who contributed to the defeat.

Two things about that: The à la carte approach to insurance undermines the whole point of health insurance, a system where the healthy are meant to subsidize the sick.

"Allowing insurers to price people with pre-existing conditions out of the market is eliminating pre-existing condition protection", tweeted Toper Spiro, vice president for health policy at the Center for American Progress. "It will be a repeal and replace of Obamacare which is the deal that is being negotiated now". About one-third said Republicans in Congress are most to blame, 28 percent blamed President Trump, and 24 percent said Democrats in Congress are most to blame.



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