Repeal and replace? Update on the future of American healthcare

“He said he was in complete agreement with that.” That was Senator Rand Paul commenting on Trump’s newfound support for a simultaneous repeal and replace of Obamacare.

Last Friday, President-Elect Trump came out in suppport of Paul’s alternative to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to pass a repeal of the ACA before settling on the specifics of any replacement.

Speculation has begun as to what may be included in a possible replacement plan; Politico reports:

Paul’s bill will be something of a “greatest hits” of Republican proposals. He is aiming to allow for more inexpensive insurance plans to get buy-in from young people (which would likely have higher deductibles), making Health Savings Accounts cover more services like diet and exercise and allow groups of small businesses to establish health insurance associations.

While we may lack specific estimates for how much tax payer dollars these alterations to the current health care system may save, their aim to expand consumers’ options must excite champions of individual choice. Read the full article here.