Obamacare- Is it worth saving?

Madison.C, Staff

One of the major promises president-elect, Donald Trump, has made to the American people is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) commonly referred to as Obamacare. More than 11.3 million people have signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act for 2016. Those 11.3 million people depend on government healthcare, and await patiently for Trump’s plan to replace the “disaster” (Trump called Obamacare this in the second presidential debate) on “day one” of his presidency. Will the secretive new health care plan promised to replace the ACA actually hold up to all the adjectives used by Donald Trump when describing it?

One of the biggest fears surrounding a new national healthcare plan is the fact Donald Trump hasn’t shared much of the logistics to the public. After the election Trump was interviewed by Lesley Stahl on 60 minutes, one question was “When you replace [Obamacare], are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are still covered?” Donald Trump then stopped short in replying directly to this question:”Yes. Because it happens to be one of the strongest assets…

We’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. And we’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money. So it’ll be better health care, much better, for less money. Not a bad combination.” Although the simple sentences may entice hope in some, most people would like to know specific details about a new plan that will dictate their life’s medical future.

The ACA also presents major flaws. One being the deductibles are too high. According to the National Review:  “While monthly premiums can aptly be described as how much it costs to have insurance, deductibles are how much it costs to use it. On average, that cost now runs well into the thousands of dollars annually, severely limiting access to insurance patients can afford to use.” The plans that are the cheapest have the highest deductibles, rendering some people just unable to truly get the benefit of their healthcare. Another issue with Obamacare is the ACA penalty. If your family does not buy healthcare, you receive a penalty of 2.5% (year 2016) of total household adjusted income.

So it boils down the the main issue: is Obamacare worth amending, or should it be remade entirely? (probably under a new name, maybe Trumpcare.) Sophomore Connor O’Bryan says “I think it should be amended because while it does give a lot of people healthcare who wouldn’t have it otherwise, there are a lot of problems with it.” Freshman, Mathew Hochfielder has an opposing view and says “Obama took (Romneycare) and stripped it, and then he implemented things for political gain. He essentially took a good thing and remade a botched version. Obamacare from the beginning was doomed a failure. I have and will always oppose Socialized Healthcare; as well as Obamacare itself so it should be taken out over a few years.”

Whether you believe the ACA should continue, be modified, or be completely replaced we will have to wait and see how the president-elect handles his mysterious plans for national healthcare.