Obamacare, The Gift That Keeps On Giving!
The current state of our medical care after the passage of Obamacare, is a total disaster. We all know why. It was a socialist wealth transfer scheme that demanded everybody buy insurance, including options not needed or wanted. It was designed so those without any form of insurance could get their healthcare provided by the government, practically free. It was an expansion of medicaid, with medicare thrown in. It was a start, they thought.
The idea was that Medicaid, the existing plans for the poor, and the “Part B” Medicare supplement for those who had insurance, while sounding good, was a Br’er Rabbit tar baby trap. Both plans had limited eligibility but the socialists, the Democrats, cunningly raised the eligibility levels bringing more and more folks under the governments health care umbrella creating yet another layer of dependency so voters would, hopefully, resist any attempts to change it. That’s exactly where we are at right now. Republicans are stuck. Oh, what to do?
Today, the political fortunes of the Democrat party are tanking and the Republicans, stuck in the socialized medicine tar baby left for them, are trying to figure out how to reduce costs while maintain Obamacare’s unaffordable eligibilities. Nothing is free! To reduce costs, the first order of business is to dramatically reduce the eligibility requirements back to pre-Obamacare levels.
In other words, repeal Obamacare, then get on with necessary changes. Just do it! The two major problems of government tax subsidized employer-owned medical insurance are portability and the pre-existing conditions issues. The insurance companies will do anything so long as they can make a profit, even if it’s from government, and politicians who, through health industry lobbyists gladly take insurance companies donations, will help them to maintain the status quo. It’s called maintaining the swamp! The Obamacare scheme served only to provide a small number of really poor people, homeless, addicts and immigrants, some form of insurance, through Medicaid, at costs few Doctors are willing to take while making insurance totally unaffordable to the majority who once did have it. Politicians cannot run anything.
The Republican are now in charge yet their solution seems to be trying only to “tweak” Obamacare simply to maintain that status quo, not reforming it, or eliminating it like they promised and the conservative base wants.
Republicans have legislated HSAs, but have not made HSA’s the centerpiece of their reform efforts. Why is that? Probably because they didn’t expect Trump to win the presidency and push them to repeal Obamacare as they promised, leaving the corrupted GOP politicians to continue their obfuscation (lie to us) in order to keep their power. They are in danger of losing it all.
The Democrats, on the other hand, seem to be fixated only on obstructing the Republicans. They continue to advocate for a single payer system, as Bernie Sanders demands, and Chuckie Schumer soon will, when no solution comes out of the Republican Senate. That means the Federal Government as Single-Payer of course, exactly what the socialists want.
Ryan and McConnell are losing ground here because they continue to push for employer-based plans, now out of date, rather than individually owned HSAs. Individuality is anathema to their power and control. It’s a sickness. That’s one reason five GOP Senators are hedging their bets on this bill. Five GOP Senators want the GOP to keep its promise to repeal Obamacare. Any vote that does not do that will doom the GOP bill and dangerously, the GOP’s majority in Congress. The GOP will lose their conservative base; the GOP will be gone forever.
Should individually owned HSAs actually become the dominant form of private health care, (fat chance of that) there is a probability tax subsidies could be phased out leading to true, affordable free-market health care while dropping costs as well. These efforts would even facilitate affordable care for the poor and the elderly and, of course, the little children. Mustn’t forget them.
The current state of our health care is disastrous and it appears that all the posturing and promises made by Republicans to repeal Obamacare, was nothing more than an exercise in blowing soap bubbles. At the moment, the Democrat Party lies prostrate before us, but don’t count on the Republican party to kill ‘em off. It ain’t happening.
What is sorely needed is to continue the restructuring of the what’s left of the GOP, by working at the grass roots level to kick out the RiNO’s who can’t make a decision to shove in the knife into the Socialist ribs starting with Obamacare.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!