Former President Trump promised to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) if he is elected president in 2024, despite numerous failed attempts to end it in the past.
“Obamacare is too expensive, and other health care is not good,” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.
The Christmas post comes as Congress has long tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, but has been unsuccessful.
Republicans have largely abandoned the campaign against former President Obama’s health care bill. However, Trump pledged that he would “come up with a much better and less expensive alternative!”
“People will be happy, not sad!” Trump wrote.
Last month, Trump wrote on Truth Social that better health care “than Obamacare for the American people will be a priority for the Trump administration.” Obamacare was passed in March 2010.
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“It’s not about cost, it’s about health,” he wrote. “America would have one of the best health care plans anywhere in the world. Now it has one of the worst!”
However, GOP lawmakers have indicated that re-escalating the fight against Obamacare is not a priority. At the time Trump published his op-ed last month, Republican Sen. John Thune, a Republican, reportedly said he was an advocate for lowering health care costs “and making our health care system more efficient.”
“But I’m not sure,” he said of Trump’s post. “I want to know what the proposal is.”
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Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican on the Senate Health Committee, said such an alternative to health care is “unlikely to happen.”
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Earlier this year, a Texas judge known for previously ruling Obamacare unconstitutional struck down a crucial aspect of the health care law regarding mandatory contraceptive coverage and HIV prevention, siding with a conservative activist and a Christian dentist. On religious grounds.
The March decision was a challenge to Obamacare’s requirement for insurers to cover some preventive care, raising concerns in the Biden administration and in more than 20 states that are mostly controlled by Democrats.
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This legal battle mirrors previous challenges, notably a lawsuit brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor in 2020, when the Supreme Court upheld exemptions to Obamacare’s insurance requirements for religiously affiliated groups and select for-profit companies.
In January 2023, nearly 16 million Americans signed up for Obamacare plans this year, representing a 13% increase from the previous year.