It has to be repealed, Donald Trump spent his campaign saying it. Republicans have been saying it since 2010, and now they have power. But it doesn’t seem that repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, is going to be an easy task.

Here is what Trump said during his Joint Session address to Congress on Tuesday concerning the ObamaCare repeal:

Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare.

Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.

Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits. As an example, Arizona went up 116 percent last year alone. Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky just said Obamacare is failing in his State — it is unsustainable and collapsing.

One third of counties have only one insurer on the exchanges — leaving many Americans with no choice at all.

Remember when you were told that you could keep your doctor, and keep your plan?

We now know that all of those promises have been broken.

Obamacare is collapsing — and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice — it is a necessity.

So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.

Sounds pretty simple since ObamaCare is, in fact, imploding. All those stats are true. Insurers are pulling out, coverage is more expensive than ever, and options for consumers are limited. Even the Democratic response to President Trump’s address admitted that the health care law needs some fixing:

And even more troubling, you and your Republican allies in Congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who most need it. Does the Affordable Care Act need some repairs? Sure, it does. But so far, every Republican idea to “replace” the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite your promises to the contrary.

Mr. President, folks here in Kentucky expect you to keep your word. Because this isn’t a game. It’s life and death for people.

Even Hillary Clinton, as a candidate, said the law needed some fixing by expanding it to fill in the gaps and lack of coverage options in certain states and counties.

At this point, however, the ObamaCare repeal seems both certain to happen and certain to not happen depending on which Republican you speak to. Republicans are currently crafting a repeal bill – in secret. Yes, that’s right, the very criticism level against Democrats back in 2009, that the Affordable Care Act was crafted and basically approved sight-unseen, is now being hurled at the GOP, as Bloomberg reports:

House Republican leaders have a new version of their major Obamacare repeal and replacement bill. They just don’t want you to see it.

The document is being treated a bit like a top-secret surveillance intercept. It is expected to be available to members and staffers on the House Energy and Commerce panel starting Thursday, but only in a dedicated reading room, one Republican lawmaker and a committee aide said. Nobody will be given copies to take with them.

The unusual secrecy is a reflection of the sensitivity — and the stakes — surrounding the GOP effort to rewrite the Affordable Care Act, a top priority of President Donald Trump, who has yet to offer his own plan.

Republican leaders are trying to avoid a repeat of what happened last time. When an outdated draft leaked last week, it was quickly panned by conservatives.

This is going to be a rough ride for Republicans over the next few weeks as they roll out a repeal bill, with or without a “replace” bill accompanying it. There is no doubt that Trump voters demanded a repeal, it was a centerpiece of the Trump campaign. Delivering on that promise, however, may be one of the hardest things to do.

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  1. Trump has said he wanted to keep most of the important parts of the ACA. He just wants to remove the nickname, “Obamacare.”

    As for the fact that Democrats “admitted that the health care law needs some fixing,” that doesn’t mean it has “failed.”

    EVERYTHING “needs some fixing.” Human beings never make anything that’s 100% perfect, especially on the very first attempt.

    Even the Constitution of the United States of America “needed fixing”–TWENTY THREE times–ten of them almost immediately.

  2. Actually, on Jan 11, 2017 Trump said– “Obamacare is a “complete and total disaster”, adding that he will be filing a plan to “repeal and replace” it. Now, here it is March 3, 2017, Tom Price is the new Secretary of Health, and neither he nor Trump has a plan to offer. Price and Trump still have no replacement plan ready and insurance companies need to start putting plans together for their offerings for 2018.
    Let me say, I do believe the Affordable Care Act could use some tweeking. But we need to remember that Affordable Care Insurance has driven down the nation’s uninsured rate to record levels in three ways: expanding Medicaid to more poor adults; offering subsidies for low- and moderate-income people to buy individual health plans; and letting adults under age 26 be covered by their parents’ plans (this alone has saved parents of college students and young people searching for their niche in life millions and millions of dollars since it’s inception).
    If Trump, Inc remove these three things, kiss goodbye to any hopes for 2020.

  3. Nate, if you want to write about politics you need to be at least somewhat informed. This is another utterly embarrassing article, displaying not even a novice level understanding of the issue discussed.

    • Uplsdown…What is your understanding of the issues discussed? It appears to me that Nate was offering several different viewpoints. Maybe not mine…maybe not yours but it does show that Nate did research his subject matter. You made an unjust characterization without offering any specific point(s) to justify your accusation.

      • Nate constantly parrots Republican talking points, up to and including the bizarre claims of massive voter fraud. His writing makes it clear that he gets his info straighr from conservative pundits.

        In this post, one example is his absurd claim that the ACA is imploding on its own. This is simply a false statement that couldn’t be uttered by anyone with the slightest understanding of the issue.

        I’m saying, in short, that Nate is a know-nothing hack. Glad I could clear that up.

        • Glad you cleared up what and to whom. It is obvious that Nate is of the Republican persuasion. Just as I am an Independent and you are whatever you believe in. That is an unabridged right bestowed on each of us by the constitution.
          By the way, accusations without presenting facts and name calling is a bad habit.

          • The first amendment to the constitution also covers the freedom to criticize. Why do so many people forget this?

            • Thanks to our Supreme Court, the freedom of speech clause has seven attachments, including this one which makes it a no-no to incite actions that would harm others.
              Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).

          • Since Nate is too much a gentleman to defend himself, let me tell you that I have been greatly impressed by his even-handedness. He and I have disagreed, sometimes violently, over the past several years, but his integrity is intact.

            If he were a Republican shill, would he add this comment–
            “Republicans are currently crafting a repeal bill – in secret. Yes,
            that’s right, the very criticism level against Democrats back in 2009,
            that the Affordable Care Act was crafted and basically approved
            sight-unseen, is now being hurled at the GOP.”

            He also noted that, “This is going to be a rough ride for Republicans.” If he were as dishonest as you suggest, he would be saying it would be easy, because “the people” want repeal, whereas only about 40% now do.

            • I made no disparaging remark against Nate…there is no cause for you to chastise me. Are you saying Nate is not of Republican persuasion? So far as I can see, that casts no reflection on his integrity or his character. Nor did I say, or infer, that he was a Republican shill. I highly resent your suggesting those things.

            • Right. Sorry. Should have been tagged onto an UpIsDown post.

              But the funny thing is, we get it from both sides. Sam fumed that Nate used Snopes as a source, for instance.

              The thing about sources is, if you read carefully, you can tell what the facts are. Years ago, I used to read “World Press Review,” which had articles from around the world.

              Two things struck me about Pravda articles: First, their amazing knowledge of America, down to street names. Second, that 3/4 of the articles were objective. It was only their conclusions at the end that were slanted. You’ll find the same thing with RT (Russia Today), or even Breitbart. There are facts mixed in.

            • I’m not saying Nate is dishonest. I’m saying he gets his info from conservative pundits, which he clearly does. He falls for the most laughable right wing conspiracy theories, and constantly fails to support his wild claims. Being dumb isn’t the same thing as being dishonest.

            • I have already noted your lack of concern regarding facts and reality. I’m not sure why this is something you feel proud of.

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