President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives on Friday. The GOP leadership’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—was expected to lose handily in the House. Polls showed that only 17 percent of Americans supported it, and a massive wave of constituent opposition convinced the Republicans to suspend, at least for now, efforts to repeal the landmark 2010 health care reform law.
Donald Trump’s demand that the Republican Congress immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, could have serious implications for postal workers.
Most at risk would be non-career employees not eligible for the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Some of those employees have received coverage under a USPS sponsored plan that was set up in order to comply with the ACA.
The 2013 press release announcing the contract, which was awarded to United Health Care, specifically noted that it was being established in order “to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”.
So will these employees actually lose their coverage? We asked the US Postal Service, and so far they haven’t responded- we’ll update this story if and when they do.
Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that career postal workers and retirees won’t be unaffected by the repeal of Obamacare. Coverage for children under 26 and free coverage for preventive services and contraception are among the coverages required by the law, and could be eliminated from FEHB plans after repeal.
Beyond that. of course, there is a very real possibility of further changes in FEHB coverage and funding. FEHB is, after all, controlled by the Office of Personnel Management, which, after January 20, will be run by Donald Trump.