Despite letter’s claim, the GOP has no plan

Diane Lothrup, in a recent letter, loyally insists a Republican plan already exists to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

She writes, "they have a plan," essentially acknowledging that she has never actually seen it. There is a reason for this. There is no plan.

Even the Republicans admit they have no consensus on a plan, thus leading them to propose an immediate repeal to satisfy their base, but to delay implementation of the repeal for up to two years, to give them time to develop a plan. If they indeed had a fully-formulated plan ready to go, why would they even consider a two year delay in implementation? While the president-elect has recently stated that repeal and replace will happen on the "same day or the same week … could be the same hour," given the complexities of writing legislation, a process entirely unknown to him, this statement is not credible.

The author also asks how the ACA has strengthened Medicare. The ACA has eliminated out-of-pocket expenses for a wide range of wellness initiatives and preventative care for seniors, as well as providing discounts on prescription drugs, thereby making it easier for those covered under Medicare to manage the gap in coverage known as the "donut hole." Indeed, Medicare trustees have projected that the ACA’s financially beneficial impact on Medicare will allow its Hospital Insurance Trust Fund to remain solvent for an additional eleven years.

Not a perfect solution, but certainly a step in the right direction.

Carol R. Houde