With both the Senate and the House taking the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there seems to be a real problem differentiating between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare. The only problem is there is no difference between the two.
I offer as proof this. Someone I have known all of my life shared a link to a Representative from Illinois talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act. I know that he really doesn’t like it very much, and was not surprised to see that he liked this reps version of nothing.
However, a few scrolls down the page, this same person “liked” a piece from a person praising the Affordable Care Act as one of the best pieces of legislation ever passed. In the post the man said his child was saved because of the Act because he was able to keep insurance despite preexisting condition. He also said that it was good because he could actually consider retiring a bit early because the ACA allowed a bridge in the gap between working and Medicare.
The question is if one is correct and the law is horrible and must be repealed, and the other is correct because it saved his son and allows the possibility for those financially able to retire a bit early, how can they both be correct?
That is the problem the average person has with the Affordable Care Act. Which is probably why only 18% of the American People want it completely repealed. Not exactly the “mandate” Republicans say they have to repeal it.
If you are willing to share and “like” an article claiming the law must be repealed and then share and “like” an article claiming how good the law is, you are acting on two different emotions.
The first is purely political. Saying the ACA is horrible and should be repealed is a pure political stance. You don’t like the idea that a Democrat passed a law that Republicans either couldn’t pass or refused to even consider even though it was their law to begin with.
The second is showing that the law is actually good and that people need and deserve to have access to affordable health care. You recognize that the way things were before the law was put into place was horrible and did not serve the majority of the people. And, you also recognize that people actually are able to save themselves and/or their children using the health insurance they never had before.
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect. It hasn’t helped that Republicans have managed to throw several monkey wrenches into the bill since it was passed using law suits and refusing to fund certain areas of the bill. Even that said, the vast majority of Americans want the bill fixed and/or expanded, not repealed.
So, why are Republicans so impatient to repeal the bill? For instance, they have a law suit pending against the bill arguing that the co-pay money called for in the bill for low-income people should not be paid out to insurance companies.
Yet, when they passed their “first step” to repeal the bill, they included the money to do exactly that. That bill is $9 billion. However, if they don’t also extend the taxes that are in the bill, that will only add $9 billion to the debt they also claim to hate so much.
The day before the House took their first steps, at a town hall meeting, a constituent of Paul Ryan told him that the ACA saved his life and without the bill, he would have died by now. Ryan told him that what his plan will do is make things better. But, if you look at the site Ryan said to look for the plan, there isn’t a plan. There are four simple highlights none of which would have helped this man. Then, the very next day, Ryan began the process to strip this man from his health insurance.
Several Republican Governors are even asking Congress not to repeal the bill. They understand that millions of their constituents will lose their insurance if the bill is repealed, especially without a replacement plan. Yet, Congress doesn’t seem to be listening, again.
Republicans say they will keep the part that allows you to keep your children on your plan until age 26. But, the Senate voted that down. They say they will keep the preexisting condition protection, but the Senate voted that down, too. They also voted down the subsides for rural hospitals that were closing by the droves before the ACA was enacted.
Donald Trump even said during the campaign that every American should be covered by health care. But Republicans in Congress say there will be “universal access” which is not the same as coverage. If you cannot afford that “universal access” you will have to do without.
Repealing the ACA will have only one real positive. It will give the wealthiest people in the country another tax break in the millions of dollars range. The so-called Cadillac and other taxes part of the bill will be eliminated.
It is estimated by economists that repealing the Affordable Care Act will add about $1 trillion yearly to the deficit. Only, it won’t add one new person to the rolls of being covered by health care insurance, rather it will decrease the rolls by at least 20 million people.
The other thing to remember is that the most people who will be adversely affected by a repeal live in Red States. Rural hospitals will be forced to close down leaving entire communities without a hospital within reasonable driving distance. That will cause more unwanted and unnecessary deaths.
Studies have shown that since the ACA, more people are seeing their doctor. More people are involved in preventative care. And, the health of our country has overall gotten better. The reason is simple. More people have health insurance than ever before.
As far as I am concerned, we have a choice between two different positions. The first is to fix and expand the Affordable Care Act. The other is to go to Medicare for all or Universal Health Care. Repealing the ACA is the worst idea that Republicans have come up with. And, they have come up with a lot of terrible ideas.
The panacea that Republicans say is in their non-existent plan is being able to sell insurance across state lines. Only we have heard that in just about every industry. I bet your cable bill went down when companies like Comcast could sell services across state lines.
Rather than increasing competition, that idea only allows for bigger companies to swallow up the smaller ones setting up limited competition and higher costs to the consumer. That idea isn’t a panacea, it is a poison pill being forced down the throats of the average person.
So, before you start cheering the demise of the Affordable Care Act because of your political viewpoint, remember your sane side to remember just how bad things were before the Act went into effect. Also, you need to think that as you get older, you will face that preexisting problem if you try to change insurance companies. Or, if you get really sick, you will face losing your coverage because you hit your insurance company’s “ceiling” on expenditures.
Then you will wish the ACA was never repealed. But to keep it from being repealed, we need to blow up the capitol’s phone bank with complaints to our representatives. Maybe then they will listen, but I doubt it. Their politics are far more important to them than your health.