Congressional Republicans and their pal in the White House — Donald J. Trump — remain committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act.
The replacement component remains an iffy deal.
Donald Trump has instructed the Justice Department to push for a judicial ruling that would toss out the ACA. He surprised many in Congress, not to mention some of his key Cabinet deputies, such as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General William Barr; they argued against repealing the law.
However, many GOP members in Congress have endorsed the president’s effort.
Where, though, is the replacement? Where is the legislation that would make Republicans the “health care party” that Trump said will occur?
It remains a secret. Or, more likely, there is no replacement. They just want to scrap President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement because it happens to have Obama’s name on it.
Absent a replacement, the end of the ACA will deny health insurance to millions of Americans. That is how you “make America great again”? I don’t think so!
So, the fight over the ACA will commence yet again. The GOP couldn’t repeal and replace it when they controlled the entire Congress and the White House. Democrats have seized control over one congressional chamber, the House of Representatives. So the White House is seeking a judicial solution to what should be a legislative one.
The Republican goal? Repeal the Affordable Care Act!
The rest of it, a suitable alternative? That is nowhere to be found.