Healthcare, Part One

The failed repeal/replace efforts would have left between 22 and 26 million without access to insurance, per CBO estimates. The CBO estimates 32 million losing insurance under straight repeal. And the GOP is indignant that they aren’t getting Democratic support. Why should anyone support making healthcare inaccessible to millions?
Obamacare was not and is not a perfect bill, and while it has been helpful to over 20 million that didn’t have healthcare before it has caused some people’s premiums to increase dramatically while providing coverage that, in some cases, in neither needed nor desired. If the GOP, now in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, really wants to address the issues in the ACA then they certainly should do so. It is not, however, necessary to completely dismantle to current law in order to address its shortfalls.
If they work on efforts to maintain or expand access to coverage (i.e. not making care inaccessible or unaffordable to tens of millions) and lower premiums then they will no doubt get bipartisan support. It’s time to put ideology aside and work for the American people. Affordable, accessible healthcare is something that the overwhelming majority of the citizenry supports.
I don’t mean to suggest that a solution is easy to find, but gutting Medicaid, defunding Planned Parenthood, and giving billion dollar tax breaks to the people who need financial relief the least can’t be considered a serious effort – which is why efforts are failing with GOP majorities.
The following is a previous look at some of the pros and cons of the current law. For your consideration…

The View from the Armchair

With the advent of an actual legislative effort to append (but not really repeal and replace) the PPACA (AKA “Obamacare”) it is worth examining the pros and cons of the ACA and the proposed legislation.

The intent of the PPACA was to make healthcare more affordable overall and ensure more people are covered, including those with preexisting conditions. In a broad sense the ACA has been a success. Since its establishment the ACA has slowed the overall rate of healthcare costs increases, and has decreased to number of people without coverage. The ACA did away with annual and lifetime coverage limits, allows children to stay on parents’ insurance longer, and mandates a broader range of coverage. Exchanges, either managed by states or by the federal government, made access easier (though there were technical issues up front). There were a broad range of tax credits for premium costs based on income…

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