Ever since the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) became the law of the land, Republicans have been promising to repeal it. In fact, most have included the repeal of Obamacare as part of their political campaign to get elected in the first place. Now that they have a president willing to sign their repeal legislation, they are dragging their feet and are not providing the legislation to repeal Obamacare. In typical Republican fashion they are waffling. They now inform us that they need to keep the good part, but they fail to tell us what the good part is.
Is the good part ever-increasing premiums? Is the good part not keeping your plan or your doctor? Perhaps they think keeping basement-living adult children on their parent’s plan until they are 26 years old is the good part. Frankly, I do not believe there is a good part unless you are one of the many welfare recipients who receive benefits through the plan’s Medicaid provision. It is often claimed that Obamacare has added 30 million new insurance recipients since the plan was approved in 2010. However, they seldom mention that 20 million are receiving their insurance through Medicaid, and hard working Americans are paying for it.
It is time to remind your elected representatives that now is the time to repeal Obamacare. It is time for government to get out of the insurance business. Congress should provide the legislation needed to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free market system. If there is a good part of Obamacare, the free market will provide it. It is uncanny how the free market provides what consumers want and does not provide what the consumers do not want. For example, the last time I looked for an eight-track player at Wal-Mart I was surprised to find they did not have one, but they had plenty of mp3 players, Bluetooth speakers, and sound bars. That is how the free market works. Apparently people do not want eight-track players in much the same way as they do not want Obamacare. The same people who do not want eight-track players also don’t want to pay for mental health insurance, dental care for welfare recipients, breast pumps, and other Obamacare mandates.
Apparently some members of Congress do not understand the concept of insurance because they cling to the pre-existing coverage requirement in Obamacare. They apparently falsely believe you should be able to buy fire insurance after your house burns to the ground. I understand that politicians are risk averse (although not when lining their pockets), but it is as John Paul Jones said, “It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.”
Until next time…