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AHCA was not a solution

For years, it was easy for Republicans to just promise to repeal Obamacare.

However, when the 2016 election campaign started, it was discovered that people actually liked at least parts of Obamacare and had grown to expect the government to be involved in health care insurance coverage. Therefore, the GOP’s had to shift to its “repeal and replace” vow, without giving any thought as to replacement. However, if you don’t know what is wrong with something, you can’t fix it. The problems with Obamacare, which have come to light after several years, all relate to the free market aspects of insurance companies raising rates and not wanting to cover certain mostly smaller markets. This is an inherent problem with the free market and no replacement, other than single payer coverage, will solve it.

The AHCA plan was a poor attempt to change parts of the ACA and obviously was designed to allow the Republicans to say they did something to repeal and replace Obamacare. Alas, a motto does not provide a guideline for a new health care replacement plan. President Donald Trump cannot sell to Congress or the public a new health care plan until it can be explained what is wrong with the old plan and how it is being fixed.

Basically there are three choices on health care: 1. Go back to the prior mess before ACA, 2. Go to a single payer plan like Medicare for all, or 3. Fix or improve Obamacare.

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