The US Congress is once again trying to figure out a way to deal with the issue of Obamacare. The Trump-led government has been trying really hard to do away with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, but has not been completely successful to do so as yet.
Lawmakers from both sides met on the 12th to discuss Obamacare again. Although no significant decisions have been reached as yet, one main change in direction to the debate that has come out of the discussion is that instead of doing away with Obamacare completely, suggestions were made to keep it by making some revisions instead. Although this is different from what Republicans have been pushing for until now, it definitely gives the debate a whole new dimension for resolution.
Push for block-grants
However, this does not mean that Republicans are all willing to give up their push to do away with Obamacare. On the contrary, two Republican senators proposed to renew their efforts and push for anti-Obamacare legislations afresh with the support of the White House. The senators, Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, even suggested canceling federal funding for states under Obamacare and to grant funding for state healthcare in the block-grants instead. Needless to say, pro-Obamacare entities were quick to point out the burden that such a move will place on the poor who are unable to afford medical care and to whom Obamacare had previously benefited.
Trump has always been against Obamacare and has often suggested that he would cancel out the funding. However, there is serious opposition to this move from Obamacare supporters, who have shown how prices will increase for medical facilities. Trump’s last effort at repealing Obamacare was a total failure in the Senate in July.
Repair over Repeal
Senate discussions on Tuesday have now shown that there is a middle way out in this situation. A committee led by Republican Health Committee Chairman, Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray has suggested repairing Obamacare rather just doing away with it. Alexander believes that such a move would greatly help in breaking through the stalemate that the two parties have reached, although it may be a small move. In any case, it would definitely open the ground for more productive discussions between the two opposing parties in the future.