ACA, or Affordable Care Act, was created by President Barack Obama in 2009 and has become very popular in the U.S. It stopped insurance companies from saying no to people with preexisting conditions and allowed lower-income people to get health insurance. It also allowed young people to stay on their parents policy until they are 26.
The Republican party have been fighting the law since, and after Trump won the election, they have put all their resources behind getting it dismantled. However, it is not easy to remove it completely because it means some Democrats have to agree with them, but the Republicans can take away parts of the funding etc. to stop it from working. Which would then be a reason for removing it. I guess you see where this is going.
Who benefit from ACA/Obamacare?
- Low income citizens.
- Everyone with preexisting conditions.
- Most states that have signed up for ACA.
Who would benefit from ACA being dismantled.
- The rich.
- Most likely the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.
- The Republican party would get more in contributions from the rich and would hope to win more seats in future elections based on those contributions.
John Oliver at Last Week Tonight: Obamacare
Congressional Republicans could soon vote to repeal Obamacare.
John Oliver explores why their replacement plans are similar to a thong.