Slow Death of Obamacare
Obamacare was on a death spiral before Trump became President.
In fact, Obamacare with its forced mandates and arbitrary regulations has largely been harmful, even to those with terrible situations.
What many Americans are learning now is that an insurance card does not guarantee health care. Most of the new plans patients are forced to purchase do not provide the care which clients seek:
- People lose their insurance, getting inferior coverage
- Premiums are skyrocketing
- Deductibles are outrageous, and growing
- Growing lines and bureaucracies are replacing patient care
- There is a growing dearth of primary doctors and medical innovation
- Obamacare pushes a political and social agenda
- The law was passed as the first step toward a single-payer system—socialism
- For many, there are only one or two insurance companies to choose from—no competition
The costs of health insurance have exploded so much, that individuals just pay the fine, then get health care as needed. Some have resorted to getting health care in other countries with fewer regulatory burdens.
- $10 billion has been spent on the Obamacare website healthcare.gov to fix it again and again, a terrible waste
- The average family will spend at least $2,100 more per family
- 7 million Americans have lost their health insurance
- $2 trillion in new spending
- $1 trillion in new tax increases
- 47 new provisions from the IRS
- Employers’ cutting hours and eliminating jobs
- 3 million fewer workers are in the workforce
As of now, 28 million Americans are still without health insurance.
In California alone, 3.8 million have no health insurance.
Obamacare needs to be repealed in full.
But what about those on Obamacare already?
Despite some good from Obamacare, the vast number of losses, tragedies, and horror stories outweigh any good from the law.
For those who claim that Obamacare has helped them, five times as many people have lost their original health care coverage, or they have been forced to purchase something more expensive.
Cancer victims have discovered under Obamacare that the best hospitals do not participate in the state exchanges, and have excluded Obamacare recipients from their plans.
Residents in states with assisted suicide laws now find out that health insurance agencies will not cover catastrophic illnesses, but will cover the cost for end-of-life procedures instead.
Because of Obamacare’s abusive regulatory schemes, the FDA has now driven up the costs for drugs with endless delays and more testing. Experimental drugs which were expensive in the past have become outright confiscatory because of FDA regulations.
Many don’t see that they can have even better coverage with freedom of choice and a patient-centered healthcare system.
Who really wants Obamacare to stay afloat, then? The third-party provides who profit from the jacked-up prices.
But everyone else suffers.
Those who are afraid of losing Obamacare are the ones who will lose the most if it stays in place. It’s costly, it’s wasteful, and it does not provide the coverage promised.
Patients and doctors should be in charge of their health care, not bureaucrats, insurance companies, or third-party special interests.
Plans for Repeal and Replace
Right now, Republicans are struggling with an effective plan to replace Obamacare.
But US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has offered the following:
- Repeal and Replace on the same day
- Create opportunities for people to buy inexpensive insurance
- Remove all Obamacare mandates
- Allow insurance products of all kinds to be sold, and across state lines
- Grant tax credits for individuals who save money for their health care needs with Health Savings Accounts
- Allow individuals to form health insurance co-ops to lower costs and pool risk (these programs will help those individuals with pre-existing conditions
Other ideas include:
- Standard deductions for health care costs
- State-run health care reforms and policies
- Health savings accounts
- Crack down on and limit Medicare/Medicaid fraud
- Purchase health insurance across state lines
- Expand pooling mechanisms among small businesses, employees, and health care providers
- Tort reform to end frivolous lawsuits which drive up health care costs
- Incentives for health and wellness
The time to repeal Obamacare is now. Republicans cannot wait, and Americans cannot continue to suffer a corrupt and bankrupt program putting millions of lives at risk.
Obamacare is literally killing people. Let’s stop the bleeding. Let’s make health care great again!
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