There is absolutely no reason that the American people should be thrust into any healthcare program created and supervised by the government. Prior to the Left’s incessant caterwauling about healthcare—or, more accurately, before they ramped up their caterwauling—healthcare wasn’t an issue. The free market, private sector was providing economical and efficient healthcare services to the vast majority of Americans. In many cases, you could get health insurance through your employment either for free or you could contribute a reasonable amount of your paycheck in exchange for coverage.
But those days are gone, thanks to government intrusion, and ObamaCare, which mandates that everyone buy coverage for every condition and eventuality under the sun whether it’s appropriate or not. Now, I am not hard-hearted. The government may need to consider programs for those who fall below the poverty line or who have pre-existing conditions, but why not create programs to address those specific circumstances rather than ruin healthcare for all Americans?
President Trump’s reaction to the failed attempt was to voice “disappointment,” and to suggest that “We will just let ObamaCare fail." We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it.” On CNN, Democrat Senator Chris Coons of Delaware said, “. . .to simply throw his hands up and say, I’m not responsible, I have nothing to do with this, we’ll simply let the insurance markets fail, and then begin to work toward some sort of replacement plan, that’s just callous.” That’s a neat trick. ObamaCare was set up to fail and now the Democrats intend to blame the Republicans.
Now, I am not letting the Republicans off the hook. Many of them, including the current leadership, stood before us at election time and promised they would work to have ObamaCare repealed, but now the story has changed. Now they find that the Democrats hardwired the legislation in such a way that it is very difficult to repeal. Consequently, like all other government programs, our elected officials are telling us that it would be easier and more practical to simply modify the existing program. You might say we’ve been lied to all the way around: nope, can’t keep our insurance plan or our doctors (thanks, Mr. Obama) and nope, can’t get rid of ObamaCare (thanks, McConnell, et al.).
Some believe that the RINO leadership and the Republican Party sabotaged the effort to replace ObamaCare by pushing these modified proposals knowing full well that the required votes would be impossible to get. For one thing, there are 52 Senate Republicans. Senators Cruz and Rand would not support it, jeopardizing the 50 votes needed to pass. Others point out that the Republicans are simply being their normal selves and tossing away the opportunity they begged for and got—the House and Senate and the Presidency.
Next week, the Senate will vote on a “motion to proceed,” to consider two options: the ObamaCare Repeal and Replace Act or the Better Care Reconciliation Act. In a nutshell, the ORRA would rescind the funding of ObamaCare but keep all the regulations on insurers. On the other hand, the BCRA would allow insurers to offer policies that don’t comply with ObamaCare’s insurance requirements, federally cap the amount spent on Medicaid, and subsidize the insurance companies by $200 billion. At this point, neither has the votes to pass, and you can see why.
In the meantime, what can you do? I suggest writing to your Congress person and Senator and state clearly to them what you expect should be done with ObamaCare. We listened when the Republicans promised repeal of this fiasco, so now it is time for them to listen and follow instructions instead of offering up lame-brained excuses as to why they can’t get it done. Think about it, the government did not subsidize the healthcare insurance industry prior to ObamaCare. Healthcare needs to go back to the private sector where it belongs and the government needs to stay away from every aspect of it except, possibly, the welfare considerations. Why can’t our elected officials see that? I suspect it’s because there isn’t enough money in either current proposition to support their votes.
This country belongs to us—not them. The intent of our forefathers was for a government that was “by, for, and of the people.” Right now, that is certainly not the case and We the People need to make that clear to those in office.
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