President Obama and Congress moved heaven and earth to pass Obamacare into law. This took months of debate where members of the senate and house worked day and night, weekends and holidays to develop legislation taking the best ideas from both sides of the table.
I am not a democrat or republican. I like ideas from both sides of the table. Obamacare was not a democratic, left centric idea. The main ideas which made it into legislation came from previous bills which were developed by the GOP during the Clinton presidency.
“First, it’s because the Affordable Care Act pretty much was their plan before I adopted it — based on conservative, market-based principles developed by the Heritage Foundation and supported by Republicans in Congress, and deployed by a guy named Mitt Romney in Massachusetts to great effect. If they want to take credit for this law, they can. I’m happy to share it.”
President Obama and the Democrats went above and beyond to try and get bi-partisan support for the legislation. However, they were unable to get this support — not a single republican voted for the bill.
Much has been written about this, but you should see the videos for yourself before you believe anything which is written about Obamacare online. Consider the facts yourself — consider the arguments for and against it yourself.
Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform: Part 1 (Please watch all the videos from 1–5)
As you can see for yourself, our president, the most admired person in America and nobel laureate responded to each and every question (fair & unfair) from the republicans without missing a beat. We are not going to see another president like this in our generation. He knows the inside out of the bill — unlike many politicians who cannot get into or talk about the details.
Having read all about Obamacare, seeing more than 8 hours of video, hearing both sides of the table, I am personally convinced that Obamacare is a good legislation which should never be repealed or replaced. It already considers all major ideas from both sides of the table in a fiscally responsible manner.
If you really see all the videos, you will note that we probably will never have such an intelligent, thoughtful, honest & dedicated president in the foreseeable future. A president like this comes once in several generations. The bill is not a Government healthcare takeover — it provides significant protection for american citizens against huge health insurance companies.
Why is the Obamacare bill so large? Why can’t it be small and compact and built incrementally as small bills over time.
This is discussed at length in the bi-partisan debate. Healthcare is a very complex issue, to handle it effectively, it needs to consider all the facts and resolve multiple problems at the same time.
Think about it in this way — the blueprint for a bicycle is going to be 2 pages long. The blue print for a Boeing 747 will be thousands of pages because the Boeing is much more complex and has to deal with thousands of complications.
If Obamacare is so good, why does it need to be improved? Why didn’t they get it right the first time?
Any complex problem cannot be resolved in one step. Obamacare is the first, and most comprehensive step taken so far to improve healthcare. It was always understood that it needed to be improved and optimized over time.
Think about it in this way — if you build a Boeing 747, no matter how many years you spend in the design, there are going to be surprises while testing the final build as well as when it starts being used for transport. When the issues are found, they are noted down and resolved. Obamacare is no different.
Here are some facts:
- The CDC reported that the percentage of people without health insurance fell from 16.0% in 2010 to 8.9% during the January–June 2016 period.
- In a 2016 review, President Obama presented data showing that the uninsured rate had declined by 43%, from 16.0% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015, mostly in 2014.
- According to the American Community Survey, the uninsured rate dropped in every congressional district in the U.S. between 2013 and 2015.
- A 2013 study estimated that changes to the health system had been responsible for about a quarter of the recent reduction in inflation
- The CBO in June 2015 forecasted that repeal of ACA would increase the deficit between $137 billion and $353 billion over the 2016–2025 period
- Despite higher premiums, enrollments in the exchanges are running ahead of their levels a year ago
- Analysts are reporting substantial financial improvement for insurers: The premium hikes are doing the job, ending their losses.
- Independent estimates suggest that Republican plans would cause 30 million Americans to lose coverage
Personally, I have myself experienced the simple fact that the insurance system is so broken here that even if you earn more than $100,000 per year, you still cannot afford to pay your bills if you have even a marginally serious medical condition and you work for a small business (even a well funded tech start-up). I remember paying my doctor $500 per month for a year after a very minor foot issue before Obamacare was passed.
I have had to visit a foreign country to get quick, fast medical care when the doctors here could not fix the issue. The whole system is corrupt and it does not care for patient well being. President Obama correctly mandated that hospitals and insurance companies focus on better care for the patient rather than on profits.
We stand to lose everything if Obamacare is repealed and replaced. After Jan 20, we will no longer have President Obama, who cannot run for a third term and whose ethics are above reproach and who cares only for the the good of the american people (and not re-elections).
The US Congress should consider the following for the good of all american citizens:
- Leave the past behind and reset their perspective on Obamacare so that we can have the best legislation for all the people.
- Debate the bill, live on camera with Democrats before deciding to do anything. Let the people see and hear the facts before a decision is made.
- Improve and build upon the existing bill, with bi-partisan support, so that it will continue to provide consumer protection to american citizens while adhering to free market principles.
- Ensure that any change to the existing bill or a new bill will provide better consumer protection than the existing bill.
- Ensure that any change to the existing bill or a new bill will be more fiscally responsible than the existing bill.
- Ensure that any change to the existing bill or a new bill will provide coverage to the same number of people or more people than the current bill.
- Ensure that medical insurance provides minimum basic coverage in clear and concise language just like auto insurance so that consumers know what they get and what they won’t.
- Ensure that even President Obama approves of the improved/ new bill. His approval will ensure and provide the people with assurance that the bill is truly bi-partisan. This will go a long way in uniting the 59.8 million people who voted for Hillary Clinton with the rest of the country.
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