First, the Affordable Care Act is not affordable because the Republicans made it so. When the bill was first proposed by President Obama, it contained a “Public Option.” This option would have given citizens a choice, similar to Medicare, that would have been handled through the US government. The Republicans and their friends in the Health Care industry were dead set against the Public Option because it would put Blue Cross and their buddies out of business. The Obama administration, in order to get the then existing health care providers on board, removed the Public Option from the plan. That was a win for the Republicans but a loss for the US citizenry, who, as a result, must pay more for their insurance.
Secondly, the Republicans have recently been using the mantra “Repeal and Replace.” That is a blatant fabrication. They do want to repeal it, of course, but they have had nearly seven years to write up a “replacement” plan and they have failed to put a single word on paper.