According to a July 2017 Bloomberg News poll, more Americans say health care is the most important issue. But the future of health care in the United States is a topic of very hot debate. The GOP's much-criticised replacement of the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare) the Better Care Reconciliation Act, appears to be dead in the water, but an effort to repeal the ACA is alive and well. President Trump maintains a firm commitment to do away with his predecessors signature piece of legislation, though it isn't clear what the ideal Trump plan would be.
What is certain is that health care will continue to dominate local and national headlines, and the next few months will be critical to defining how millions of Americans are treated for a variety of care ranging from birth control to physicals to Alzheimer's.
Throughout the most recent ordeal, the GOP-led repeal-and-replace effort has been criticized for a lack of transparency on top of general unease from both sides of the aisle, particularly after nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office stats said the bill would strip coverage from 22 million more Americans.
But Obamacare isn't necessarily the most beloved program out there. It has lots of naysayers from the right, left, and center. During his stump speeches during Hillary's 2016 campaign, former President Bill Clinton's caught some serious flack for speaking out against the ACA as being "the craziest thing in the world," but he may have been tapping into a greater frustration with the program. Unlike Obamacare, progressive ringleader and the most popular politician in the United States Senator Bernie Sanders has long fought for a single-payer Medicaid for All program.
The Senate is preparing to vote today on debating repeal of the ACA the fate of millions of Americans hangs in the balance.
What's been missing from this discussion is an actual discussion. So, VICE Impact wants to know your thoughts on the repeal effort using Ense. Should the ACA stay as is? Does the country need to move toward a single payer system? Is increased privatization they way to go? Listen and contribute your own story below:
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