rfields5421 wrote:They will push something through. I have little expectation that the current bill will not get through the Congress and get passed.
Though there will definitely be modifications, so we won't see the final version until it lands on Trump's desk. Even then, the implementation regulations published later in the Federal Register will tell us more about exactly how the bill will work/ impact our daily lives.
My hope is that the Congress will be amenable to addressing specific issues and tweaking the law in the future.
No one expected the ACA/Obamacare to remain in place for several years as it was originally passed. Democrats, Republicans and the President all said at the time it was passed that there would need to be some adjustments and changes as the law was implemented and unforeseen consequences would need to be addressed.
However, the House Republicans absolutely refused to allow any changes to make the ACA a better law that served the needs of the people better. Their stance was only one possible change allowed - complete repeal.
I am certain that a year from now, enough unhappy voters will be talking to Congressmen seeking re-election - that they will want to make changes.
Heck, one year from today the Republican primaries in Texas will be over. Quite possibly several of the House Republicans from Texas spearheading the efforts to pass this bill might have felt voter anger and have lost their party primary.
I think the Republicans finally see the warning lights though. This is not just about past campaign promises,. It is about affecting the healthcare of their constituents, and now that they are staring at some heavy backlash, I think they will have to stand down from this Bill. If they pass TrumpCare, it will be a litmus test going forward, just as Obamacare was for the Democrats. The one thing constituents want solved is the spiraling healthcare costs. There is nothing in this bill that does that for the core groups. It merely shifts who pays from the rich to the poor.