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Trump resurrects vow to repeal Obamacare

By Jake Beardslee · December 26, 2023

In brief…

  • Obamacare now has 60% approval, while GOP has given up repeal efforts
  • Trump provided no details on how new plan would improve on ACA
  • Key GOP senators doubt Congress can agree on ACA replacement
  • Trump claims cost is not an issue, though it has hindered reform
Trump vows to repeal and replace Obamacare with a "much better" alternative.  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

Former President Donald Trump has renewed his vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, and replace it with an alternative health care plan that he claims will be “much better” and “less expensive.”

In a post on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump criticized Obamacare as “too expensive, and otherwise, not good healthcare,” and promised to “come up with a much better, and less expensive, alternative!” He asserted that “People will be happy, not sad!” with his new health care program.

While attacking Obamacare was once popular among Republican voters, polls now show 60% of Americans have a favorable view of the health care law signed by President Obama. After failed attempts to repeal the ACA in Congress during Trump’s term and losing court battles, the GOP has largely abandoned trying to replace Obamacare, focusing instead on issues like the economy.

When Trump recently revisited his opposition to the health law, he caught Republican lawmakers off guard. He later tried to clarify that he did not want to terminate Obamacare but “REPLACE IT with MUCH BETTER HEALTHCARE.” However, key GOP Senators expressed doubt that Congress could build consensus around an alternative health care plan.

Trump claimed his administration would ensure “one of the best Healthcare Plans anywhere in the world,” though he did not provide specifics on how it would improve on the Affordable Care Act, which has given millions of Americans access to health insurance. The former president asserted on Truth Social that the new plan is “not a matter of cost, it is a matter of HEALTH,” though bringing down costs has been a major sticking point in healthcare reform efforts.