By Jonathan Chait/
The Republican plan to eliminate Obamacare is to repeal the law, delay for a long time, and then, allegedly, create a replacement for it. The replacement is the hardest part of the equation, since Republicans will never support a reform that provides enough coverage to satisfy most Americans. The repeal part is easier. But it’s still not easy at all. And as Trump’s government takes shape, signs are already popping up everywhere that the GOP is reconsidering its plan to repeal the law quicky.
Repeal and delay is a plan that sounds attractive in theory, but presents Republicans with enormous political risks. If they pass a law to repeal Obamacare on a time-delayed basis, with no replacement in hand, stakeholders like insurers and hospitals will face huge financial losses, and it will probably disrupt coverage for millions of their customers.
The only way to prevent such a catastrophe would be to shore up the system until they can devise a replacement. But patching up Obamacare would enrage some conservatives who oppose “bailouts” for the insurance industry, and would also have the side effect of proving Obamacare can work, making it harder to repeal. Republicans, like Colonel Nicholson in Bridge on the River Kwai, would have built the thing they had set out to destroy.
SOURCE: New York Magazine