Feb 08, 2017

What’s Next for Obamacare?

Post by Freedom Partners

As Obamacare’s repeal looms over Congress, people are looking for its replacement. Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce has outlined what it believes is the best option moving forward—a targeted approach.

In a recent Facebook Live discussion, Freedom Partners’ Senior Policy Advisor Nathan Nascimento said passing one, massive bill to fix our health care system was the wrong approach. Instead, members of Congress should address specific problems that distort the health care market.

“We want to make sure that we’re doing what the American people want, which is solve the problem, and not spend more money, not hand out to crony capitalists, and to actually get to the main core problems that are actually occurring in health care,” Nascimento said.

Since its enactment, Obamacare has failed to live up to its promises. Instead of making health care more affordable, it has increased costs and reduced options available to consumers. Even with insurance coverage, people can’t afford to go to the doctor because their premiums are so high – they’ve increased an average of 25 percent just from last year. And out-of-pocket costs aren’t any better. This year, those with the lowest-priced Obamacare marketplace plans will face an average of $6,000 in deductibles.

Freedom Partners’ strategy is patient-focused and advocates for reduced regulation in the health care market in order to expand access and make care more affordable. David Barnes from Generation Opportunity explained some of Freedom Partners’ targeted solutions during the discussion, such as reforming the approval process for new drugs and treatments, and expanding access to Health Savings Accounts so people can more easily save for unexpected medical costs.

“All of these different things don’t depend on doing it in coordination with each other for this big comprehensive bill, just pass them one on one. If you have good ideas, propose a bill and get it passed,” Barnes said.

You can watch the full Facebook Live chat here.