Word came down last night that House Republicans, at long last, have a plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
The crux of the Republican plan is the elimination of an insurance mandate, and the introduction of a system of tax incentives aimed at encouraging Americans to purchase health care on the open market.
I’ve got to ask: If maintaining an adequate level of health was not, prior to the Affordable Care Act, incentive enough to obtain medical insurance, then will tax credits push people over the top?
The answer is, no. (A default-based behavioral intervention would work much better.)
Beyond its efficacy, it is still unclear if the Republican “plan” to replace the Affordable Care Act will afford the necessary degree of protection to people with pre-existing conditions?
Likewise, there is growing concern among those in congress, and amongst citizens, that the new “plan” will actually reduce (vs. maintain or improve) the Affordable Care Act.
This is not normal.
Once again, in the rush to snub their noses at the Obama administration, Republicans in congress and the White House are rolling out plans and policies that aren’t yet fully baked.
Doing so does nothing but place people at risk, while at the same time eroding what little trust many—domestically and abroad—have in the executive and legislative branches of government.
It’s Tuesday, the 7th of March, in the year 2017.