Repealing ACA will strip millions of health care

Adriana Guidi, Perspectives Editor

For most Americans, getting surgery to fix a health concern is not the scary part of being in the hospital. The scary part is the massive bill that they will have to face after they wake up from the effects of the anesthesia.

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, into law. It requires Americans to have health insurance, and if they cannot afford to purchase their own health insurance, they can then file to receive Obamacare.

President Donald Trump has promised the American people that he will repeal and replace Obamacare, and he is currently working to make this happen. Even though Trump is committed to repealing Obamacare, he currently has no plan on how he will be replacing it, which is extremely concerning and problematic.

While Obamacare does currently have a few fundamental problems, completely repealing it is not a smart decision. According to Bloomberg, 32 million people are insured through Obamacare, and repealing it would leave all of them without health insurance. Obamacare should not be repealed or replaced. Instead, it needs to be improved upon.

The main problem is the economic and financial side of it. Although everyone is getting healthcare, the taxes implemented to pay for Obamacare have increased each year, according to Obama Care Facts. For it to work, obviously taxes will be present, but in order to make it more financially effective, the various Obamacare tax rates needs to go down significantly.

Trump should work to improve upon the current aspects of Obamacare rather than completely revoking the Act. The complete removal would cause chaos in the nation as millions of people would be losing the health care they have had for the past seven years. Trump should work to decrease the number of multiple taxes for Obamacare and increase the taxes put on high earning people, business owners, and the health industry in order to make Obamacare more financially responsible.

Obamacare basically forces Americans to get health insurance, and if you do not want Obamacare, you have to pay the individual mandate.
This aspect of the ACA is a positive thing because it provides the health insurance that many Americans need, whether they are aware that they need it or not. For the most part, people cannot help if they need to see a therapist because they developed depression or if they need surgery after a terrible car accident. Life happens, and sadly, people are faced with unexpected health concerns. Thanks to Obamacare, people have secure health insurance, which protects people from the unexpected.

It is in the best interest of the American people to offer health care, which Obamacare does. It has been able to help people get affordable health insurance and protects them from high medical bills. Repealing and replacing Obamacare would cause more issues than simply improving it.

Adriana Guidi is a Perspectives Editor for The Patriot and