Like a dog that finally catches a car and suddenly discovers it wishes it hadnt, the Trump administration acknowledges being unprepared for whats next if the Affordable Care Act is scuttled by a federal lawsuit that the administration supports. The White House says that if the administration gets the ruling its been seeking, it will ask for a stay until it can come up with an alternative to prevent people from losing their health care en masse.
Such a stay, conveniently enough, would likely postpone a catastrophic effect until after the 2020 election. Its the clearest sign yet that the years-long Republican cry of repeal and replace was never about the latter.
Obamacare was created to address the fact that some 20 million Americans lacked health care coverage, an intolerable situation that rippled throughout the health care system, leaving curable illnesses untended because patients couldnt afford treatment. Most importantly, Obamacare required medical insurance policies to offer reasonably priced coverage to people with preexisting conditions like diabetes. Before, those patients had routinely been denied coverage.