You read that correct. We have been introduced to the Republican Plan to Replace the Affordable Care Act. And, a lot of people will probably just love it to death. It is something that will actually make a lot of sense to some people.
This plan comes to us from Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican. Huizenga is really excited about repealing the Affordable Care Act. He just isn’t that enthused about actually replacing it except with this plan.
His plan consists of just one word. WAIT. I am not talking about the country waiting for the Republicans to get off their asses and come up with a plan. I am not talking about Americans waiting to see just how good or bad that plan will be for them. No, I am talking about how we should wait until we go to the doctor, because, well it might not be serious.
MLive.com had this article quoting Huizenga about an incident to show how it will work:
The father of five offered a personal example of how this shift might play out. He says his youngest son fell and injured his arm. Not sure if it was sprained or broken, he and his wife decided to wait until the next morning to take the 10-year-old to the doctor’s office, instead of going to the emergency room that night. The arm was broken.
Now I know some of you would call this bad parenting. But, that might be a little rough. After all, it is the parent’s responsibility to ease the pain of their children when they are hurt. Obviously, Huizenga is one of those people who do not believe in running to the doctor every time your child gets a sniffle. So, maybe we should cut him some slack.
Besides, in his eyes, this is called “responsibility”. He put it bluntly like this:
Way too often, people pull out their insurance card and they say ‘I don’t know the difference or cost between an X-ray or an MRI or CT Scan.’ I might make a little different decision if I did know (what) some of those costs were and those costs came back to me.
See, this has nothing to do with running to the doctor every time your child gets a sniffle. It is all about “cost” not “responsibility”. According to the Congressman, if you “pull out your insurance card” you are not taking into consideration the “cost” to find out if your child’s arm is broken or just sprained.
He further states that you won’t care unless the costs come back to you. Meaning, that even if you have insurance, you need to know how much everything costs so you don’t “overuse” the health care insurance you are paying to have.
Maybe this explains why Republicans don’t seem to care if you even have health care insurance. If they repeal the Affordable Care Act, it is possible, not certain, that millions of people will lose their insurance coverage. That will make sure they know the costs of treatment if they want to get treated.
So, there it is. The Republican Plan to Replace the Affordable Care Act. The premise of that plan is to wait. Because if you wait, the cost might be cheaper. Forget the fact that his child suffered with pain through the night. Forget that the break could have caused more damage to his arm.
He did the right thing and waited because, well, it might cost his insurance company too much money to heal his son quicker. I was a parent who did not rush my children to the emergency room every time they got a sniffle. But, when they were in serious pain with an injury, I did get treatment as quickly as possible.
Furthermore, ask the Congressman if waiting until the morning actually cost him less money? Didn’t the cost of the X-Ray cost just as much the next morning as it did the night before? Doesn’t the fact that your son was in pain have any effect on your choice?
I can imagine if this Republican plan goes into effect, the questions that will be asked on the FAQ pages of health care facilities. You know things like:
My chest hurts: Should I go to the hospital or just take some aspirin?
My uncle is slurring his speech: Should he go to the hospital or should I just give him some coffee instead?
As you can see, Republican plans about health care revolve around costs. Not your costs. The costs of health care insurance companies. Remember, if we actually use our health care insurance, the profits of the companies suffer. It is far more important for health care insurance profits to not suffer than for you to not suffer.
But then, when the argument for expanding health care across the nation started in earnest, members of the Republican Party said it wasn’t necessary because “people used to give doctors chickens in payment”.
That great tidbit came from Republican Sue Lowden from Nevada in 2010. She was actually ahead of Sen Harry Reid in that election. Then she said this in a television interview.
You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say I’ll paint your house…. In the old days that’s what people would do to get health care with their doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system.
She may not have backed down from that system, but she lost the election to Harry Reid. It looks like Rep Huizenga is thinking the same way as Lowden. So, I guess we should start raising chickens to pay off our health care bills.
Only problem is that I don’t know too many doctors who are willing to take chickens for payment. Maybe Republicans will pass a law requiring them to do so. Maybe we can do that with everything. Instead of having people worth billions of dollars, we can have people worth billions of chickens.
The problem facing our country right now is that these clowns are actually going to run our government. As my Christian friends would say: “God Help Us”.