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senate Bill S. 339

Repealing the Affordable Care Act and Restoring Previous Laws

Argument in favor

The ACA has been a failure for patients and the healthcare industry. It's time to cut the losses, go back to square one, and reform healthcare in the U.S. with these lessons in mind.

BTSundra's Opinion
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11/12/2015
Not even many on the left support this bill. The ACA is simply detrimental to people and businesses.
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operaman's Opinion
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11/13/2015
Vote YEA! Socialism was tried and failed. Like new updated software. Must restore order.
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PieceKeepr's Opinion
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07/01/2015
Best idea yet. Repeal it all and go back to the way it was before Obamacare!
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Argument opposed

Whether you like it or not, the ACA is the law of the land. It has helped many people afford health care coverage that wasn’t available to them before. Going back to the old system at this point isn't possible.

Sandra's Opinion
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11/17/2015
Improving ACA should be the goal, not repealing it. Every American deserves health care whether or not they have money to pay. Discontinue corporate "welfare" not assistance to lower income.
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Heather's Opinion
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11/15/2015
The system is imperfect, but far better than we had. Most of its opponents seem to use evidence taken out of context or entirely made up to prove otherwise, so why get rid of a good thing when we could change it to make it even better?
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11/11/2015
Exactly how many times does this foredoomed effort have to be attempted before the wacko birds get a clue?
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What is Senate Bill S. 339?

This bill would entirely repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 — the components of President Barack Obama's federal statute signed into law in 2010.

It would restore all laws that were either repealed or amended during the process of implementing Obamacare to their previous state.

Impact

People in the U.S. with access to health care through the ACA, people in need of health insurance, health care providers and insurers, President Obama's legacy, states, and Congress.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 339

$109.00 Billion
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, the CBO analyzed the budgetary impact of repealing Obamacare in July 2012, and found that it would increase deficits by $109 billion between 2013 and 2022, or about $10.9 billion per year over that period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on Congress to: 

“start over, to pass true market-based reforms that will allow the purchase of insurance across state lines, expand health savings accounts, and make health insurance personal, portable, and affordable.”

It has been argued that repealing Obamacare would result in mass chaos — that even restoring previously repealed or amended laws would not bring the healthcare industry back to where it was.

So far the ACA has been a mixed bag for consumers in terms of their health insurance premiums. According to HealthPocket, unsubsidized 30 year old women faced an average premium increase from 2013 to 2014 of $76 per month, while their male counterparts faced an increase of $124 per month. In 2015, 30 year olds will see bronze plan premiums decrease by an average of $30 per month, while silver and gold plans will be essentially unchanged.

There have also been many success stories about Americans who couldn’t secure health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, or without paying outrageous monthly premiums for their coverage. Others have been able to save money on their medications, or be able to undergo surgery that wouldn’t have been practical before the ACA came into effect.


Of Note: A Supreme Court case providing the momentum for this legislation — King v. Burwell — ruled 6-3 that tax credits for health insurance can be extended through exchanges set up by the federal government. This challenged the reading of the ACA’s text that they can only be provided through state exchanges.

The federal government established 34 of the health insurance exchanges, while 16 were established by states. It has been estimated that eight million people could have their health insurance impacted by the outcome of the case.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user makelessnoise)

AKA

ObamaCare Repeal Act

Official Title

A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely.

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    IntroducedFebruary 2nd, 2015
    Not even many on the left support this bill. The ACA is simply detrimental to people and businesses.
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    Improving ACA should be the goal, not repealing it. Every American deserves health care whether or not they have money to pay. Discontinue corporate "welfare" not assistance to lower income.
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    This again?
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    The system is imperfect, but far better than we had. Most of its opponents seem to use evidence taken out of context or entirely made up to prove otherwise, so why get rid of a good thing when we could change it to make it even better?
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    Vote YEA! Socialism was tried and failed. Like new updated software. Must restore order.
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    Exactly how many times does this foredoomed effort have to be attempted before the wacko birds get a clue?
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    What's done is done just work on making it better.
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    Please find a constructive way to address healthcare in our country rather than bashing the ACA. One tires of seeing the same proposition voted down each time.
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    Oh, please! The ACA is working very well. I've been self-employed my entire adult life and getting and keeping good health insurance was impossible. Hugely expensive and unreliable. The ACA is literally a life saver.
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    Best idea yet. Repeal it all and go back to the way it was before Obamacare!
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    It's a failure, plain and simple. The free market always gives the best options and value to consumers. Don't believe me, walk around Walmart.
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    Don't be silly. Stop wasting taxpayer money on repealing the ACA. If there is something in the bill that needs to be tweaked so it works better, then tweak it. Republicans have no better plan that would cover as many people that would cost less money.
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    Drop it, assholes. It's how we do things now. If for no other reason than outlawing pre-existing conditions, this law is a giant leap forward.
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    The ACA is working. Give up trying to embarrass President Obama
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    Duh. No. Get the fuck over it.
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    Unless the GOP is willing to put a realistic alternative to the ACA, they should go do something useful for the American people, not just the 1%.
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    No! We need to take it further and establish universal healthcare just like every other developed nation. The next best thing would be to disband the Republican Party so they can never again drag down America with their ignorance, greed, and stupidity.
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    No, but hell no. I wouldn't have insurance if they did due to pre-existing conditions...
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    Every doctor I see who takes insurance addresses one complaint at most, schedules me for as many tests and follow up visits as possible, and only efficiently writes prescriptions for medication. The only doctor I see who does his job and minimizes my cost, doesn't even accept insurance. This system has reduced us to billable hours; the physicians and hospitals extract capital from the insurance company by pushing past our deductible, so that the insurance companies can justify extracting capital from us the following year.
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    Common Sense!!! Health Care is a right, not a luxury!!! Period
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