The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, reignites controversy between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, with both sides using the healthcare issue as a key tool in their strategy for the 2024 presidential election.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the former president revived his calls to repeal and replace Obamacare if he returns to the White House. In a Truth Social publication, Trump expressed that he is “seriously looking at alternatives” to the healthcare law. He said that not repealing it during his term in 2017 was “a low point for the Republican Party.”
In his message, Trump urged not to give up despite previous failed attempts to repeal the law, recalling the pivotal moment in 2017 when Republicans came within one vote of repealing it, but the late Senator John McCain joined Democrats in maintaining Obamacare.
“The cost of Obamacare is out of control, plus, it’s not good Healthcare. I’m seriously looking at alternatives. We had a couple of Republican Senators who campaigned for 6 years against it, and then raised their hands not to terminate it. It was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!” he wrote.
President Joe Biden’s response was immediate, and he tried to use Trump’s statements in his favor ahead of the presidential elections. “My predecessor has once again, God love him, called for cuts that could rip away health insurance for tens of millions of Americans in Medicaid. They just don’t give up. But guess what? We won’t let these things happen,” he said.
ObamaCare, the “worst” insurance for the sick
In 2010, when then-President Barack Obama signed his famous health care bill into law, he promised that people with pre-existing conditions would be able to access quality, affordable health insurance. However, some experts believe that what has happened is completely the opposite.
The director of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), John C. Goodman, and Kansas state senator, Beverly Gossage, explained a few months ago that, although the law allows for health insurance which may be beneficial for some healthy people, it ends up being harmful for those with pre-existing conditions.
“Obamacare makes health insurance as good as possible for the healthy and as bad as possible for the sick,” they said. According to them, Obamacare plans have limited networks and pay providers Medicaid rates, making Obamacare similar to high-deductible Medicaid.
Goodman and Gossage say that the problem is that the law was created by special interests that benefit insurance companies, hospitals and some doctors, instead of improving health services for the general population.
Progressive senator recognizes price increase
Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator who has championed Obama’s flagship legislation in the past, recently acknowledged that Obamacare prices have increased. In a letter, she criticized health insurers, saying they are “dodging Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR),” causing soaring prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.