Trending News Today: Legislators May Take Measured Approach to ACA Repeal

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Rep Kevin Brady (R-TX), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently said that GOP lawmakers are no longer trying to rush a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Instead of quickly repealing and then replacing the health law at a later time, legislators will take a more thoughtful approach, according to The New York Times. Although President Donald Trump wants to repeal the ACA as quickly as possible, the lawmakers are not sure that would be the best plan of action.

Yesterday, medical students and faculty members gathered at college campuses across the country to demonstrate their opposition to repealing the ACA. The White Coats for Coverage effort was organized to voice support for the health law, and suggest improving rather than repealing it. The individuals who attended the rally at Northwestern University’s school of medicine said they will continue to work to prevent the repeal, according to Reuters.

Short-term health insurance plans have long been used by individuals who recently graduated college, or who are in between jobs. These cheaper, less comprehensive health plans are increasing in popularity, as GOP lawmakers are moving forward with repealing the ACA, according to Kaiser Health News. These plans do not cover preventive services or maternity care, and do not qualify under the health law.