Skeptics, Dordt student question Trump’s Obamacare repeal

Joshua Meribole-Staff Writer

On his second day in office, President Donald Trump promised to “repeal” and “replace” the Affordable Care Act. Referred to often as Obamacare, this bill received Trump’s executive action against it in an effort to repeal the former president’s namesake.

Timothy Jost, emeritus professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, said Trump’s executive order calls on the Department of Health and Human Services, along with other agencies responsible for the Affordable Care Act, “to exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State … burden on individuals families.” Jost said that it will take time for Trump’s action to go into effect.

The New York Times reporter Margot Sandger-Katz said Trump’s executive order will not change the nation’s healthcare law, but it will change the way that by insurance and healthcare providers interpret such policy.

Republicans have been working hard to replace the former healthcare system while also desiring a smooth transition to a new system. However, if portions of the Affordable Care Act are eliminated while others remain, approximately 18 million people stand to lose their healthcare coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

While many Dordt students may not pay for their own personal health insurance their families will still be impacted by change in healthcare policy.

Dordt student Sarah Siglin said, “I like the idea of universal healthcare, but it has made a lot of things super expensive.” Siglin does recognize, however, that the bill “is still new.”

The Affordable Care Act’s deductibles increased in 2016. Deductibles are out-of-pocket expenses that one needs to pay before an individual’s insurance company steps in. To critics, therefore, an increase in deductibles is proof that the Affordable Care Act does not work.

Millions of family’s healthcare futures hang in the balance as the nation waits for progress on this issue. For now, however, in regard to Trump’s attempt to repeal the bill, Siglin said, “I do not trust him to do it well.”

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