During a Democratic conference call on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussed the future of Obamacare. According to The Hill, Pelosi hasn't ruled out working with the GOP when it comes to replacing the Affordable Care Act when it is inevitably repealed. She does say this with a warning included, however.
"The ball is in their court," Pelosi said during a Democratic conference call on Monday, according to ABC’s Rick Klein. "You break it, you own it."
Of course, many would argue that the ACA was broken from the word go, as many have complained about rising costs, decrease in care quality, and some outright losing their coverage. The Chicago Tribune did an analysis of why Obamacare failed, and came up with an entire list. The prevailing theme of the list, however was it was just unaffordable to the private citizen, the business, and the insurer.
Obamacare failed because it flunked Economics 101 and Human Nature 101. It straitjacketed insurers into providing overly expensive, soup-to-nuts policies. It wasn't flexible enough so that people could buy as much coverage as they wanted and could afford — not what the government dictated. Many healthy people primarily want catastrophic coverage. Obamacare couldn't lure them in, couldn't persuade them to buy on the chance they'd get sick.
Obamacare failed because the penalties for going uncovered are too low when stacked against its skyrocketing premium costs. Next year, the penalty for staying uninsured is $695 per adult, or perhaps 2.5 percent of a family's taxable household income. That's far less than many Americans would pay for coverage. Financial incentive: Skip Obamacare.
Despite the fact that the ACA was DOA, Pelosi views the repeal and delay aspects of the GOP plan is "cowardice.
Pelosi also slammed the GOP for seeking to repeal and delay parts of ObamaCare while they come up with a replacement, calling the effort an “act of cowardice.”
“The repeal and delay is an act of cowardice on the part of the Republicans,” Pelosi said, according to another reporter. “This repeal and delay, it doesn't even have alliteration. It has nothing."
Even if they found a fun way to make it rhyme, there will be a massive amount of friction in the coming days between Democrats and Republicans as they try to slay the ACA.