One prominent campaign theme of President Elect Donald Trump was his promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act.
Now that Trump has won and plans to fulfill his promise to voters, Republican law makers in Congress have already started to waffle on the “complexity” of repealing the law, while Democrat leaders like Nancy Pelosi have begun the job of spreading scare tactics around the nation.
The former House Speaker told a crowd at a press conference on Wednesday, “Do you want grandma living in your guest room?”
For those who take on family responsibilities, the threat fell on deaf ears.
However, the California lawmaker continued with arguments that made little sense, specifically that if Obamacare were repealed, health costs would “skyrocket.”
Insurance premiums have already significantly increased since the inception of the Affordable Care Act and are expected to increase by an estimated 25% in 2017. To date, insurance premiums have increased by an average of $4,300 or $358 per month since Obamacare took effect.
In 2015, health care costs totaled an average of 10% of the average worker’s salary and is projected to rise above 14% in 2017.
In 2006, that number was 6.5%.