Repealing Healthcare and the 2016 Election

by Ethan Schuld, Staff Writer

As many already know, the Republican Party retook majority in the senate this past Tuesday in the 2014 midterm elections. For the first time since the 109th congress (2005-2007), the Republican Party will hold the majority in both the House and the Senate. Although things now look bright for the GOP, this recent power shift could have drastic affects on the 2016 election, and not necessarily in favor of the victors.

Many of the recent Republican elects have promised a repeal of President Obama's Healthcare Reform Act, but what would a repeal of this act mean for Americans? According to a USA Today article on the topic, repeal of the act would be catastrophic. Ezekiel Emanuel, a bio-ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, claimed that over 12 million people have received coverage so far and all of them would feel repercussions from a repeal of the act. Anyone with a preexisting issue would be guaranteed a loss of coverage or increased premiums, and many others would suffer increased premiums while health care providers attempt to make up for the losses suffered during the two transition periods. (To and from Obamacare)

Some Republican Senators have proposed legislature that would carry many of the same attributes as Obamacare, but without some of the believed to be flaws, that would allow many of the citizens who obtained coverage through Obamacare to retain coverage. But even this would halt the transition process as congress deliberated the new particulars of the revamped Healthcare Act. This halt could cost many americans in premiums as well deny policy holders the care people rely on for their everyday lives.

If the Republicans successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act, it could cost them millions of potential voters in the 2016 Congressional and Presidential Elections. The result of denying millions of people healthcare as well as costing millions more in raised premiums would not only be a bad way for republicans to start their time in control, it could be just the tool for Democrats to use to pry control of Congress back into their favor.


Sources:

Information from CNN, USA Today, and the Senate and House or Representatives websites were used in the article.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/04/politics/election-day-story/index.html?hpt=po_c1

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/01/repealing-the-aca-could-hurt-everybody-experts-say/5055395/

https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/history/one_item_and_teasers/partydiv.htm

http://history.house.gov/Congressional-Overview/Profiles/109th/

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