Republicans Have No Plan If Obamacare Is Struck Down [HuffPost]

Republicans are on defense again this week as their lawsuit to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions coverage and other benefits goes to court, so they are doing what they always do: misleading voters with empty promises to secure these protections. They do not have a plan — even the sham legislation they’ve introduced has no way of passing. It’s another major problem for vulnerable Republicans who are already on record voting to tear these protections down.

HuffPost: Republicans Have No Plan If Obamacare Is Struck Down. Some Don’t Think It’s Even Possible.

Igor Bobic

Key Points:

  • The threat to do away with Obamacare is once again on the rise nearly 10 years after it was passed, as a major challenge to the health care law got a sympathetic-sounding hearing in a federal appeals court this week.
  • Experts say it would upend the U.S. health care system and strip health insurance from an estimated 20 million people. Many millions more would lose crucial protections they might need in case of catastrophic medical issues ― including coverage for those with preexisting conditions.
  • Still, the latest challenge to the law has advanced in the courts despite widespread derision from legal experts, including conservatives who helped construct and argue previous challenges to the ACA. 
  • It stands a good chance of being taken up by the Supreme Court next year, smack dab in the middle of the 2020 presidential election, creating another headache for the GOP.
  • Republicans have tried over and over again to coalesce around a cheaper and less government-focused replacement for Obamacare, and they’ve failed every time. 
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced legislation earlier this year aiming to do just that. Republicans are pointing to the bill as evidence of their good faith commitment to those with preexisting conditions. But experts say Tillis’ bill would actually allow insurers to exclude coverage of the preexisting conditions.

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