The Affordable Care Act has problems that need to be fixed. On this point, there is no argument. Premiums, drug prices, and healthcare costs continue to rise. Insurers are leaving the marketplace in states across the nation.
However, the current plan in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is also not working. The American Health Care Act as passed out of the House would leave 23 million Americans uninsured and dramatically worsen the quality of insurance for millions more. The Senate continues to work on the details of its own plan but its prospects are no better. The Better Care Reconciliation Act is estimated to leave 22 million Americans uninsured, strip many plans of essential health benefits that improve healthcare, and weaken Medicaid coverage for low-income Americans and those with disabilities. It is no wonder that even Republican members of the Senate can not come to a consensus on how best to move forward.
But there is a better way. It is time for Utah's senators to take the lead and move forward in way that will truly result in better care for all Americans. It is time for our Senators to reach across the aisle and work to fix the problems of the ACA before insurance markets become even more unstable and before more Americans suffer because they can not access the healthcare that is necessary for their lives.