GOP Health Plan: Possible Replacement for Obamacare

The new GOP health plan is being issued as a replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

As of Thurs., March 9, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has been making its way through the House of Representatives, and possibly moving its way further up the line. The AHCA, also known as Trumpcare, is a new healthcare plan that would replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

It began when the House Ways and Means committee passed the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare. After 18 hours of dispute, the deciding vote came to 23 to 13, in favor of the American Health Care Act. Then, later that day, it passed through The House Energy and Commerce Committee, and came to a deciding vote of 31 to 23 in favor of the bill, which lasted another exhausting debate of 27 hours.

With the pass of this new bill, many people, especially Democrats, have expressed their concerns about the new bill.

“I think that the idea of a new health plan is smart, but I feel that there are some concerns to the [AHCA],” social studies teacher Andrew Ehrhardt said.

“In both committee rooms, GOP lawmakers dismissed questions about the bill’s cost and claims it would result in millions of Americans losing insurance coverage,” writers MJ Lee, Stephen Collinson and Sara Murray said on CNN.

President Donald Trump tried to calm and show support for the plan.

“Despite what your hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great,” President Trump said, quoted by writers Elise Viebeck, Sean Sullivan and Mike Debonis of the Washington Post.

Even with much debate about the topic, hopefully this will be a new and fulfilling path to healthcare in the United States.