The American Health Care Act: The Republicans’ Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare — Meta-Analysis & Brief Summary by Jack Carney, DSW
Part I – Meta-Analysis: The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republicans’ long-awaited repeal and replacement of Obamacare, not only represents the fulfillment of Speaker Ryan’s and his Conservative and Tea Party members’ wish to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but is an attack on our social safety net and, more importantly, on the power of the Federal Government to mandate compliance by the States with safety net legislation. The principal targets of the attack, Medicaid, the largest safety net program outside of Social Security and Medicare, and the ACA itself contain mandates that the Republicans and the States they govern have resisted from the outset. More on this below. As for Planned Parenthood, the other program singled out, its loss of access to Medicaid reimbursement in the next fiscal year is more a consequence of the animus held against it by religious fundamentalists, who themselves oppose most if not all government regulation.
Dr. Carney’s most recent posts are to be found here, along with a mostly complete archive of all articles he has written since his retirement from professional social work practice in 2010. All his blogs have as their focus issues pertaining to social justice; are generally placed in their historical context; and, ultimately, are subjected to in-depth analyses whose aim is to promote a full understanding of the issues being addressed.