For more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans, health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA” or “Obamacare”) has been a boost in ways that cannot be measured in dollars and cents: better health, lower stress, more productivity, making life better for everyone.
“Instead of collaboration to make Obamacare better, Congress spent $87 million of taxpayer dollars on 60 efforts to repeal it.”
The efforts to “repeal and replace” appear to give priority to cutting taxes for the wealthy, and assuring big profits for health insurers, rather than bringing health care to more Americans. (By the way, can you imagine how great it would be if everyone here was healthy–or at least healthier?)
What is most upsetting is that these same conservatives, through their politics, have done their best to cripple Obamacare and now use the damage they have wrought as a cover for their efforts to repeal and replace it.
I am not saying Obamacare is perfect. Even President Obama called for improvements. But instead of collaboration to fix the current law, Congress spent $87 million of taxpayer dollars on 60 unsuccessful attempts to repeal it.
Those who sponsored those efforts knew full well that President Obama’s veto pen was always ready. The only explanation for their bullheaded behavior is that it was a craven, partisan effort to manipulate public opinion and weaken Obamacare.
“Conservatives, through their politics, have done their best to cripple Obamacare and now use the damage they have wrought as a cover for their efforts to repeal and replace.”
They have now turned up the volume on words and phrases, like “disaster,” “imploding,” “death spirals,” and other highly-charged rhetoric that exaggerates and misleads. (Remember “Death Panels”?)
Of course, this has been calculated to further undermine confidence in the current law and drive away demand from the individual insurance markets.
In addition, on the very day of his inauguration, President Trump’s first order of business to call for “repeal and replacement” of Obamacare and non-enforcement of its mandate and penalties. For the continued viability of Obamacare, this was like draining the air from your tires and putting sugar in your gas tank.
The new American Health Care Act (the “AHCA” or “Ryancare”) has problems that become more apparent every day. It is based on false economics, false hope and deserves to fail. Then, attention should turn to fixing Obamacare, to make it work better, more fairly and for more people.
It’s time to fix Obamacare and to stop the waste of time and money tearing it down. “Collaboration” is NOT a dirty word.
Nor, by the way, is “Public Option.”