Originally Posted by razztazz
They don't have to completely end or repeal anything. just "tweek" it. Give everybody a $1500.00 voucher and remove the requirement to cover existing conditions. Sounds draconian. And that'll do. I am not assuming the floor will cave in but I do expect the attempt.
But again, you're assuming that some consensus would be reached on a tweak with today's Congress. There is no consensus within the repeal side of the debate on what to replace it with.
Basically I look at this just like what happened with Medicare and SS - yes there's a lot of initial blowback and attempts at repeal/reform for the first few years but in the end what you see is basically what you get. Entrenched entitlements at this scale are VERY hard to dislodge.
Not to mention that there are more and more states that initially decided not to expand Medicaid that now realize it was bad business to turn down all that fed money when rural hospitals start closing. My state is a perfect example.
With the ACA I am much more concerned about restricted networks/coverage, limited exchange markets and pricing over time than I am with repeal.