For months, we’ve been hearing the term “repeal and replace” as it relates to the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. But there is a new term being kicked around these days. Instead of repeal, we’re hearing more about “repair.”
Some Republicans in Congress are starting to talk more about trying to “repair” Obamacare, rather than simply calling for “repeal and replace.”
There’s good reason for that.
The repair language was discussed by Republicans during their closed-door policy retreat in Philadelphia last week as a better way to brand their strategy. Some of that discussion flowed from views that Republicans may not be headed toward a total replacement, said one conservative House lawmaker who didn’t want to be identified.
According to TheHill.com, “It’s a striking change in rhetoric that speaks to the complexities Republicans face in getting rid of the Affordable Care Act. Many of the law’s provisions are popular, and some parts of the law that the GOP does want to repeal could have negative repercussions on the parts seen as working.”
CNN interviewed Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who said “it is time to do away with the notion that there is a GOP Obamacare “mega-bill” in the works. “There isn’t,” said Walden, whose committee has significant jurisdiction over healthcare. “We’re looking at fixing this mess a brick at a time. Piece by piece. Taking our time to get it right.” To hear the complete interview with Rep. Walden, click here or on the picture below.
However, Newsmax.com pointed out that some republicans are not happy to see a shift away from repeal and toward repair.
“I’m hearing a lot of members say that they want Obamacare-lite,” Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, told The Hill. “That’s not what we promised the American people.”
And just a short time ago, the Washington Times quoted House Speaker Paul D. Ryan as saying that fixing the country’s health care system entails fully repealing and replacing Obamacare, after a report suggested congressional Republicans might be trying to rebrand the effort as a “repair.”
Clearly, there is a lot of information circulating around the future of our country’s health care law right now. Share your thoughts on whether you believe any potential changes should focus on “repairs” or on “repealing and replacing.” Generating meaningful conversation with our partners will help us find new ways to drive better health in our state. And the healthier we are, the closer we get to our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!