Time to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act
When I attended the University of Alabama, professors of communications taught their students to beware of advertising that tries to cover up a product’s biggest flaw. So if its biggest problem is a bitter taste, advertisers might call it “sweet,” if it wore out too fast, it was dubbed “durable,” and if it was just too expensive, it became “affordable.”
The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was so-called to cover-up its biggest flaw, the fact that it is expensive, too expensive. Instead of every family saving $2500 dollars annually on health insurance, as promised, not only did the cost go up at least that much, but as if to make the pill even more bitter, individuals were forced to change doctors, violating another promise. Both of these promises were reiterated constantly by the President himself, and costs have continued to go up for coverage that is no better or in many cases, worse.
And here’s another problem not often discussed: the complete loss of privacy. If your records are digitalized and even if there are no hackers or unethical individuals snooping around, with almost 20% of the country involved in some aspect of healthcare, how private can your records be? Progressives like government because, they say, it’s the one thing we can all belong to. But our founders guaranteed us freedom of association – we are the sovereigns in charge of the government. We may not want to participate in a government mandate requiring us to belong where, like one big family, everyone knows not just our name but also our health problems.
Obamacare plans are set to go up 25 percent this year and some state plans will experience as much as 116 percent increases. 17 Obamacare co-ops have failed and health insurance companies are leaving many markets. Right now 1/3 of all U.S. counties have only one health insurance provider – so much for competition.
One hundred years of socialist experiments have shown us that there could not have been any other outcome. More people riding in the wagon and fewer people pulling the wagon always increases costs for the pullers and decreases the value of the goods in the wagon as they are spread further and thinner. Just look at Cuba in 2006. There its demigod leader, Fidel Castro, suffered three botched surgeries by Cuba’s best surgeons before a foreign doctor was brought in to repair the damage. Before socialism, Cuba had a wonderful Westernized health care system. Imagine how good the much acclaimed free health care in Castro’s Cuba is for the average Cuban when Castro himself almost died from it! (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/09/17/the-day-castro-wept.html)
Before 2010, researchers estimated that the very poorest patients received 60 percent of the finest health care in the world for free as compared with what the richest patients were receiving and paying for. So the poor were getting excellent medicine for free. That’s better than what Fidel Castro was getting in 2006.
Since 2010, the Republicans have voted nearly unanimously, 60 times, to repeal Obamacare, but they were blocked each time by the Democrat majority. That majority was punished and eliminated in the November elections. A new Congress is showing up in January.
But if this new Republican-dominated Congress does not make repeal of the ACA job one, and put that bill on President Trump’s desk for his signature immediately after his inauguration on January 20, the cry you will hear nationwide will be of a people horribly betrayed. Their connection to Trump, assuming he responds as they do, will be even closer, and the hatred for Congress complete.
So here’s how Congress can do this. Just pass the fiscal year 2017 budget that was voted on earlier this year. They need to do this so they can use a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation to pass a simple, one-sentence repeal of Obamacare with 51 Senate votes. By the way, that’s how the Democrats were able to avoid a Republican filibuster in 2010 – by using the budget reconciliation process.
If they make repeal job one, the momentum for Obamacare repeal will not stall or get off-track. By making the future clear, people will have ample time to transition back to the individual market without losing coverage. We are that close to taking back our health care and Congress has no excuse now not to make it happen.
Happy New Year! Happy New Era!