The AHCA is dead. What’s Next?

Two opposing opinions about what health care in America should be.

Good morning, Kyle here.

Well, that was weird. By now you’ve heard that the AHCA is down for the count and according to Paul Ryan, “we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.

If you’ve read the last few FRAY issues, you know that exactly zero of FRAY’s fifteen writers, from the ultra conservative to the ultra liberal, really cared for the AHCA; but on the flip side, exactly zero of us is happy with the American healthcare system as it is. So today we’re talking about what killed the AHCA and what two of our writers envision as the future of health care in America.

We’re trying out a new format to make FRAY easier to read and digest. I hope you’ll love it and share it. We’re working really hard to bring you something you’ll find useful and shareable. Today we’ve got three quick things to give you a fresh perspective. I’ll get out of your way.

Kyle J. Britt

One: What happened to the AHCA?

From its initial release, the AHCA was always walking a thin line between two groups of Republicans: the conservative Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group. Here’s what transpired in the final days leading up to the bill’s removal from the House floor.

The Facts:

  • Last Monday: New amendments were added to the AHCA to appeal to both moderates and conservatives. These were followed by additional amendments on Thursday. (Washington Post)
  • Thursday: Trump met with both the Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group to negotiate additional changes to the AHCA to appease the two groups’ problems with the bill. (White House)
  • Thursday: The CBO released a new scoring of the AHCA, encompassing the changes made in the Monday amendments. The CBO estimated that the amendments left the same number of people uninsured and did less to reduce the deficit than the original AHCA. (Politico)
  • Friday: House Leadership pulled the bill from the House floor minutes before it was scheduled to be voted upon. An official count of expected votes was not released, but various news organizations had the expected number of Republican “Nays” between 26 and 37; the bill would have failed with 23 “Nays.” (The Upshot)

Here’s two biased perspectives on the AHCA failure, one from the conservative side, the other from the progressive side:

A View from the Right: The National Review: Reboot

A View from the Left: The Washington Post: Perspective | Why Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare

Two: Give Me Liberty; I’ll Provide My Own Health Care

Kevin Hedrick takes issue with the assertion that government should solve the problems with health care in America. Read his take on how more flexibility in the highly regulated healthcare industry might lower costs and create better care outcomes. 
Read Kevin’s Full Opinion ►

Three: Give Me Liberty, Which Includes Health Care

Sven Britt takes a look back at how our founding fathers’ defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness might apply to the healthcare debate today. Read his view of an American healthcare system that might serve the people better if there were a public option. 
Read Sven’s Full Opinion ►

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