After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, who campaigned with a promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”), what will actually happen? While I don’t pretend to have a crystal ball, we can make some educated guesses about the upcoming year.
Explore this issue:January 2017
Obamacare Has Failed
The ACA has failed on almost every promise. Its effects have made a mockery of its name. Average insurance premium increases of 24% are set for 2017 alone, not to mention prior price increases, with four states seeing average premium increases of more than 50%. The ACA has reduced the medical options of virtually all Americans via progressively narrower insurance panels—a move the insurance companies have made to maintain fiscal viability.
Insurance plans forced upon those with subsidies come with ever-increasing deductibles that reduce access to healthcare. Obamacare supporters claim as their success 20 million newly insured Americans. However, even with financial support for their insurance premiums, most cannot afford healthcare, because they can’t afford their average $6,000 Bronze plan deductible. While they can claim to have insurance, they still are prevented from accessing medical care.