It’s Time Republicans Abandoned the AHCA

reconciliation allows the GOP to further undermine the stability of the ACA’s insurance market, but not to remedy its fundamental structural flaws.

.. Instead of straining with reconciliation to patch the fissures in the insurance market, the GOP should employ the regulatory powers of the Department of Health and Human Services to fix it. By repealing an October 2016 regulation that was used to prevent the sale of actuarially priced “short-term” insurance, Secretary Tom Price could reestablish a market in which health insurance is competitively priced in proportion to most individuals’ health-care needs. This would relieve the exchanges and their subsidies of much of the burden placed on them, repurposing them as a targeted safety net for the chronically ill.