The year was 2010. That was an off-year election for Congress. Republicans ran on the promise that the Affordable Care Act would be “repealed and replaced”. On that promise, the Tea Party grew to prominence. Then everything fell apart for the nation.
Since 2011 the Republican controlled House of Representatives held 50 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They never once voted on any plan to replace the act. The Speaker of the House kept saying they would “unveil” their plan “next year”. It never happened. The closest thing we got to the announcement was when Speaker Paul Ryan said that “we have a plan to have a plan”. That was in 2014.
Now we are coming to the end of 2016. We still don’t have any kind of ‘replacement plan” from Republicans. They still plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but don’t have anything to replace it with. So they plan to have a plan in three years. In other words as Ryan already said, “they have a plan to have a plan.”
Their biggest assertion that the Affordable Care Act is bad is rising premiums. But, they don’t say is that these rises are mostly on wealthy people and people who can’t get insurance through their employers. It is extremely bad that people who can’t get insurance through their employers are seeing their premiums rise. But, I don’t have any sympathy for the rich. Especially when you consider that every plan the Republicans have floated include doing away with the subsidies or at least cutting the subsidies for the poor workers in our country.
Now the number two person in the House, Rep. McCarthy says the plan that Republicans will come up with will provide more people with insurance than the Act does. He claims that will happen because they will do away with regional borders for insurance companies and better competition.
We heard that fairy tale with cable companies as well. Did your cable bill go down or up? What their plan really does is allow more takeovers between insurance companies thus eliminating competition nationwide.
McCarthy says that pre-existing conditions would also be covered, unless you were dropped by your insurance company. If that happens, you will be left with nowhere to go for insurance unless you want to quadruple your premiums. They are even talking about “high risk” policies that would increase your premiums and your out-of-pocket expenses.
The very idea of repealing the Act and letting it stay in place for three years is also very dangerous. Why would any insurance company stay in the exchanges if they are uncertain of the costs they will have to pay out in the next three years without knowing what they will make after that? They won’t.
What McCarthy is trying to say is that under their non-existent plan more people will get coverage. Everyone will get better coverage. And, pre-existing conditions will be covered without increased costs. Guess we better get our barns built because we will all get a free pony, too.
This whole fiasco is living proof of Republicans are an abject failure to be a governing body. They have complained about the Act for over six years. They have never told us what their plan is and why we should decide theirs is better.
Just imagine being an executive for a large corporation. the CEO says he wants to stop making something and replace it with something better. Your answer is that we will stop making it and will have something to replace it with in six to nine years. I doubt the CEO would be happy with than “plan”. That is exactly what the Republicans have been asking us to accept.
If you are wondering why Republicans say they need three years to come up with any replacement it is because that will be after the next election. They don’t dare take responsibility for 20 million people losing their insurance coverage before 2018. They might lose their grip on power.
In typical Republican fashion, everything is so secretive that we need to let them repeal the Affordable Care Act before they tell us what they plan to replace it with.
It is time for this nonsense to stop. It is time this country finally looks at universal health coverage. Yes, it means your taxes might go up a bit, but your overall costs will go down because you won’t have to spend so much to stay healthy out-of-pocket. Plus we will finally be free from insurance company’s control over our health care.
There is a long history where people are denied services because the insurance company says the treatment “costs too much”. That is the insurance companies not the government.
It is time we stop this stupidity and pass universal health care. We need to ensure all of our citizens get the health care they deserve and have a right to. Everything that Republicans have spoken about for their new plan does not provide for the poor working people, nor the middle-class workers.
But, then as I said before, the Republicans don’t care if you go bankrupt over health care bills. They don’t care if you must choose between keeping everything you worked for or staying healthy. They don’t even care if you live or die. All they care about is protecting the profits of their biggest donors, the health insurance companies.
If they cared even a little bit about us instead of insurance companies, they would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. But, they won’t even allow that because it would cut into the profits.
The only thing Republicans have given us since gaining control of the House is nothing. We can expect nothing more now that they control everything. The Republican Party is the all talk, no action and no conscience party. As a result, we all lose!