What we're experiencing now in Washington, D.C., doesn’t happen often. Seldom does the arrival of a new Congress and Administra- tion raise the prospect of widespread, broad and rapid changes in public policy.
As President Trump gets accustomed to his new
digs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and the Republican majority in Congress prepares its proposals,
a real chance exists for significant change.
This kind of singular political alignment,
where one party controls both the executive
and legislative branches of government, occurs
infrequently in modern times and is usually short-lived. Still, we are in for some significant changes.
Let’s look at a few that touch on insurance.
One of Donald Trump’s main campaign pledges
was to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care
Act (ACA), known as Obamacare. Republicans in
Congress are fully supportive of getting rid of the
ACA. But since the election, there have been indi-
cations that doing so may not be something that
can be done quickly.
In the week before the presidential inauguration, signs began to appear that changes in
healthcare may be more complicated than some
thought. Although the GOP in the House voted
more than 40 times to repeal the ACA, their plan
to replace it is still being developed. President
Trump promised that repeal and replacement will
happen either simultaneously or in quick succession. He also said he would try to keep Obamacare’s provisions barring pre-existing condition
exclusions and allowing adult children to stay
on their parents’ plans until the age of 26. Some
Republicans are now advocating for having a
replacement plan done before acting on repeal.
A new report by the non-partisan Congres-
Significant Changes Ahead
WAITING TO SEE THE EFFECT OF A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS & PRESIDENT