How not to repeal Obamacare
With the ax handle firmly in hand by GOP lawmakers in Washington, the symbolic execution of the Affordable Care Act is as certain as the filling in apple pie.
Republicans in both the House and Senate spent their first full week in the new session voting on procedural measures that essentially defund Obamacare.
You see, I may from time to time enjoy the blissful thought of a Utopian delusion that resembles universal health care.
However, I could never see the reason to put a watered-down version of such in thousands of pages of legislation that, instead of making health care more affordable to Americans, achieved the exact opposite.
So-called experts and analysts said we would see a rise in our insurance rates for a couple years as the ACA was implemented and those with preexisting conditions enrolled. However, they said, we would get to the point where because of the open market and “competition” the rates would level off and go down, saving Americans money.
It’s a good thing I didn’t hold my breath.
Since its inception, the amount I and many other Americans pay for health insurance has risen quite a bit for services that haven’t really changed. Apparently, an x-ray in 1997 is not the same as an x-ray in 2017.
Secondly, when it comes to Obamacare, I was flat out disgusted by the manner in which Democrats bullied the legislation through Congress. Believe me, I understand the majority rule. (I am the middle child, so my siblings played that game for years.)
Legislation that practically screamed for an open, wide-ranging discussion among health care policymakers, insurance experts, economists and lawmakers became nothing more than a gloating session by Democrats. I had hoped for a little more compromise.
I know, it is against the Law of Ideological Idiots to put compromise and politics in the same sentence. When the law passed, Republican lawmakers could only sit back and watch ... until now.
It’s called a cruel irony.
For all the hullabaloo about the GOP’s disdain for the health care law, the funny thing is they should have seen it coming: then First Lady Hillary Clinton sparked national discussion in the 1990s. What did they do? Nothing. Oh sure, they started a war or two — does that really count?
Now, as they stand on the cusp of “repealing” Obamacare, they will be able to stake their claims at putting the dagger in Obama’s legislative legacy.
Good for them.
The problem is — and it’s something I and many others can’t overlook: They don’t have a plan to replace the ACA.
Sure, they’ve honed up their rhetoric, though that also dates back to the 1990s. They’ve campaigned for years on promises to repeal Obamacare, and now, they’ll have their day in the sun.
It’s just a shame they’ve spent all those years barking and screaming about the law and not one of them has come up to the table with a single piece of legitimate legislation to replace it. Shoot, they can’t even agree among themselves what they are going to do or how they are going to do it.
Essentially, it’s like going to war on faulty intelligence.
Meanwhile, millions of Americans who depend on the ACA for health insurance coverage are left to figure out if they will be able to afford to live or if it’s cheaper to die.
It’s downright irresponsible, arguably criminal and absolutely insane. However, before the professionals diagnose anything, we will have to wait and see if mental health care will be covered under the non-existent Republican plan.
So, what’s that tell me?