1. What’s going to happen with the Affordable Care Act?
“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,” Trump said during his Feb. 28 address to Congress.
Mandating that Americans buy health insurance was the wrong solution, Trump said. He laid out 5 principles to guide Congress as it seeks to replace the ACA:
- Keeping coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions (a popular feature of Obamacare);
- Encouraging Americans to buy coverage through tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts;
- Giving states more flexibility in managing the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and disabled;
- Lowering costs through legal reforms and combating high drug prices;
- Allowing Americans to buy health insurance across state lines.
It remains unclear, though, whether Trump and his allies will be able to get a repeal and replace plan through Congress. A leaked draft of the legislation actually drew complaints from some of the most conservative House members, who complained about using refundable tax credits to help people pay for insurance, according to The Hill. Plus, Trump and Republicans face some major political risks: A previous GOP plan from 2015 to repeal parts of the ACA would have caused 18 million people to lose their health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That kind of thing won’t play at the mid-term polls next year.