Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (or ACA), has a pretty sketchy future should the elections next week yield a Republican Senate.
This could make things a lot easier for opponents of the controversial Obamacare law.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) revealed that, unsurprisingly, his aim is focused on getting rid of Obamacare. If Republicans take over the Senate after next week’s elections, McConnell will likely take over as Senate Majority Leader.
This will allow him much greater power to wield against Obamacare, although he acknowledges a full repeal will be impossible while Obama is still seated in The White House.
“Obviously, he’s not going to sign a full repeal,” McConnell said to Fox News.
The GOP’s focus will likely be on the more controversial pieces of Obamacare for now.
“There are pieces of (Obamacare) that are extremely unpopular with the American public that the Senate ought to have a chance to vote on,” McConnell said.
Brian Gottlieb, a Republican strategist for Purple Strategies, agrees, saying, “I believe the GOP will bring up the controversial pieces of Obamacare and force Democrats to take tough votes. Issues like the employer mandate and the medical device tax will certainly come up for votes.”
Obamacare could be facing a decline when it comes to young healthy people, who were supposed to be the backbone of Obamacare. Many are now looking into new alternatives like short-term health plans that cost half as much as exchange plans.
“If the ObamaCare health insurance exchanges are to function properly, it is crucial that a substantial number of people ages 18-34 join them,” the National Center for Public Policy Research wrote in a study last year.
They continued, “This age group that is young and relatively healthy must purchase health insurance on the exchanges in order to ‘cross-subsidize’ people who are older and sicker. Without the young and healthy, the exchanges will enter a ‘death spiral’ where only the older and sicker participate and price of insurance premiums will increase precipitously.”
However, it seems clear that the GOP will only be biding its time picking out pieces of Obamacare to trash until Obama is out of office.
However, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that he thinks that the GOP should continue voting to repeal the law.
He said the focus should be to set an agenda for Obamacare in 2016.
“It’s not so much about what could be passed but setting the agenda and debate for the next presidential race,” he said.
What do you hope the future of Obamacare will be?