GFunkMoneyDog wrote:So your finally admitting that Obamacare is garbage?
Obamacare is the result of more than 3 decades of Congress wresting with our nation's out of control medical care cost. Insurance premiums and medical industry profits increased year after year, as access to prevention and medical care dwindled and more and more people could no longer afford medical care.
When Hillary Clinton was First Lady in her husbands first term, she spent two years lobbying Congress to pass a universal health care plan, similar to Obamacare that Congress passed almost 2 decades later. The medical insurance industry spent $12 Billion to defeat Clinton's proposals. More than it had spent the previous 8 years in total, for Congressional lobbying.
Obamacare was a huge victory, in that for the first time medical insurance companies were mandated to spend no less than 80% of their premium income on the delivery of direct medical care. It also ensured that coverage would include features to prevent serious medical problems from developing, and held the medical insurance companies accountable for processing and paying fraudulent claims.
Is Obamacare perfect? No it isn't. But it is better than having no controls on the medical care delivery system at all. I remind you that the Republican Party has had 6 years to amend Obamacare. Proposal after proposal has been made that would bring premium cost down and expand coverage. The majority Republican Party leadership made sure none of the hundreds of Bills proposed to fix Obamacare never made it to the floor for debate. They never made it out of Republican majority committees. The Party knows well what must be done to fix Obamacare. They know expanding Medicaid and ratcheting down cost thru expanding provider and vendor is essential. They just don't want to give up the cash cow the industry that feeds their political campaigns, and keeps the medical care industry monopolized.
Now the Party is 'stuck with the buck'. Instead of fixing Obamacare, your President has instructed his Party to repeal ACA, leaving millions without medical care. So far 9 Republican Senators have gone on record opposing both a repeal and/or it's Trumpcare replacement. They know that unless Congress does it's job to fix Obamacare, the Party will lose it's majority standing across the board in Washington, D.C. They know leaving Obamacare to fail is not an option either.
Personally, I hope Congress takes your President's advice and repeals Obamacare without a replacement. There comes a time when people must be held accountable for their actions. I know that millions will be affected. Many will suffer, some will die and all of their family's will be impacted negatively. There are consequences in elections.
I've posted about some of the complexity's in our nation's current health care delivery system. The fact that medical care is 17% of our annual GDP should be alarming enough and make people understand medical care cost are excessive, threatening our economic stability. Our nation can't survive economically keeping people sick, stuck in a revolving door of unaffordable medical care treatment & spiraling cost that pays for R&D, that other nation's benefit from, sticking our people will the bill.
To pass the buck, some of the Republican leadership are complaining that 'Democrats won't help' with input on a replacement plan. That's laughable when everybody knows Democrats were locked out of the Republican closed door meetings. All of the hundreds of appeals a D.C. proposals Democrats have made over the past six years to the Republican Party are a matter of record and probably sitting on McConnell's desk. It's not that the majority isn't familiar with Democrat's proposed fixes. They are flat rejecting all of them.
So..if as you say 'Obamacare is garbage', what's keeping the Republican majority from dumping it?