I am getting really tired of waiting for our Republican-controlled Congress and President Trump, in particular, to start looking to the future for healthcare reform. The Republican healthcare reform ideas and bills MUST stand on their own merits. The “replace” in Obamacare repeal and replace is more important than the “repeal”. Instead we are deluged with the same worn out “Obamacare is bad” and “Democrats that gave us Obamacare are to blame for all healthcare problems” rhetoric. The Republicans have been committed to repealing Obamacare since its inception in 2010 and President Trump has vociferously derided Obamacare (PPACA) ad nauseam for years before he became president. Enough already!
On June 22, 2017, the Republicans in the Senate revealed their new and “improved” Obamacare repeal and replace legislation. This would have been a good time to inform the American public about how much “better” it is than Obamacare (PPACA), especially with respect to how this Republican healthcare reform bill will reduce our healthcare costs (health insurance premiums and cost share) and not put people with pre-existing conditions at a disadvantage financially.
President Trump leads the Republican healthcare reform charge in his daily tweets and the messages conveyed do not make clear any Republican healthcare reform ideas that will bring affordable, quality health care that is “better” than Obamacare (PPACA). The tweets since June 22, 2017 when the Senate’s Republican healthcare reform bill was made public include:
Repeating that you think Obamacare is “broken” over and over will not make it so. Instead of suffering under a broken Obamacare for seven years, why haven’t the “fine” Republican Senators worked with Democrats to improve it. This is not a political game to the American people.
Of course the Democrats “own” Obamacare, but only before January 20, 2017 when President Trump started the process to dismantle it piece by piece. Republican healthcare reform obstruction was honed to a science when the Democrats were leading the way with Obamacare (PPACA).
The Republican-controlled Senate does not need the Democrats to pass Republican healthcare reform bills (i.e.,Obamacare repeal and replace legislation) since they hold the majority (52 Senators). Why would a President of the United States want Obamacare to “crash & burn”—this scenario would put millions of Americans, many of them sick, without health insurance. As we all know, in our for-profit healthcare system, “NO money means NO health care” (except to stabilize emergencies in a hospital setting). Obamacare is not about political gamesmanship or about President Obama, it is about American people!
With this statistic, President Trump is attempting to discredit the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that shows that 22 million people will be uninsured by 2026 if the Senate health care bill (Trumpcare Phase 2) is passed. This is an example of using incomplete information to prove a point. This graphic only counts Americans who got their health insurance on the Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplace and not in the total health insurance marketplace where Obamacare (PPACA) made its mark. While the CBO misjudged how many people would be insured through the Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplace, it was closer to the mark when one looked at the total insurance picture. Since Obamacare was passed in 2010, the number of uninsured Americans went from 48 million to 28 million in 2016…a 20 million drop in uninsured. By presenting this biased “packaging” of the facts to push passage of the Republican healthcare reform bills, President Trump is putting the interests of his party ahead of the interest of the American people. President Trump has no problem discrediting others to accomplish his goal. This tactic has become lamentably commonplace with our president.
Repeating that the Democrats are not helping is becoming a broken record. You have a majority in both the House and the Senate, Mr. President, and you don’t need the Democrats. The Democrats have already spoken about the best healthcare reform legislation they believe in and it is (Obamacare (PPACA)).
The American people would like to hear some details about the new Republican healthcare reform bill (Obamacare repeal and replace) that explains to us why it is “better” than the Obamacare we already have. What the news media is reporting is not convincing us. The fact that you had a great meeting is unimportant information.
Republican Healthcare Reform — Time to Move Forward
Enough already! It is time for President Trump and the Republicans in Congress to take responsibility for their actions (or lack thereof) in Republican healthcare reform efforts. Better still, they should admit that they used Obamacare (PPACA) bashing only to create anti-Democratic feelings and, apart from moving to a universal single-payer healthcare system, Obamacare (PPACA) is better than anything they can come up with. This would be the first step to working in a bipartisan fashion to improve the parts of Obamacare (PPACA) that need tweaking.