Tuesday, March 7, 2017

House GOP proposal to replace Obamacare sparks broad backlash

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-leaders-brace-for-the-task-ahead-selling-obamacare-lite/2017/03/07/ab2f721e-02e5-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html

Summary: On Tuesday, after large amounts of Republican resistance and complaints against Obamacare, the GOP released their own version of nationwide American Health Care, proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act. However, this new plan was met with widespread backlash, not only from Democrats, but also House Republicans. Republicans claimed that this new Healthcare Plan is too similar to Obamacare, with Senator Rand Paul stating that "This is Obamacare Lite". He also mentioned being against the ability to buy insurance, but rename them refundable tax credit. Democrats were against it of course, claiming that the plan handed billionaires a massive new tax break while shifting huge costs and burdens onto working families across America, stated by Nancy Pelosi. As of now, 4 Republican Senators have gone against it, as well as all Democrats, meaning Paul Ryan, creator of the plan, would have to woo at least 2 over into supporting the bill to get it passed and sent to Donald Trump.
This connects to a point in American History during the Korean War, when President Truman and General MacArthur had a disagreement on whether to continue the assault on Communist North Korea (verify the new healthcare plan). Truman fired MacArthur for disobeying him (similar to the proposal of this new plan), and experienced widespread backlash for this decision (similar to the disagreements on the details of this bill by politicians on both sides).
1. What do you think about the Democrat's claim on this plan?
2. What do you think about the Republican's claim on this plan?
3. Do you support this new healthcare plan? How would you change it?

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