Today is the day that the United States Senate is SUPPOSED to take an up or down vote on repealing Obamacare. Notice I didn’t say, “repealing and replacing”. That’s because that part of the whole shebang is dead for now. Mitch McConnell has decided to try a straight repeal as a last ditch effort, put it off for two years while the Republicans write a new “replacement” bill, and then hopefully gain eight seats in the 2018 midterm elections. At least that’s the plan.
While I am fully in favor of the repealing part, I’m totally against the replacing part. There is no need to replace. It’s socialism. You don’t need socialized medicine in this country. Before Bobo The Clown decided to push this through eight years ago, and did so with no GOP support and a lot of deal making, there were folks that were uninsured and probably wanted insurance but couldn’t get it. Either they couldn’t afford it, or they had pre-existing conditions that hurt their chances of getting help. I get that. But the Democrats’ way of helping these three million people was to make three hundred and twenty five million people suffer. Where in the hell is the logic in that?
So, we have lived through seven years of this stuff…and everything that I have said would happen is indeed happening. I said way back when that Obamacare couldn’t survive on its own because it was too expensive and would eventually collapse under its own weight. That’s what is happening this year. Insurance companies are bailing faster than a leaky rowboat, and I don’t know about where you live, but here in the desert, there is ONE insurer to choose from. ONE plan to choose from. As I understand it (though I’m not 100% sure), back in my home state of Ohio, there are several counties where you don’t even have that…they are left with NO choice. No insurance company will take the individual marketplace risks.
What we need to do is go back to what we had before this humungous abortion became law. Then, if you want to reform healthcare, fine…do it responsibly, not the way the Dems did it or the way the Republicans are trying to do it. What you do is a) take away the state’s borders law that doesn’t allow sales across state lines. That makes the marketplace more competitive and will lower prices for all. Then you give the insured (that’s you and me) the ability to sue insurers if they fail to live up to their contracts (that is deny you coverage or drag their feet because they don’t want to pay a claim). Finally, if you want to keep the pre-existing condition clause, and the 25 year old in the basement clause, fine. Keep it. But do away with the fact that today, my wife needs to have insurance that covers any pregnancy even though she’s 60. In fact, I have to have that coverage as well (as a man!). How stupid can you get?
It’s time Washington stopped playing games. Will they do it? Last time I looked, there were 48 votes for repealing Obamacare. And two of the biggest opposition votes were coming from Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine. Both of these women voted to repeal Obamacare in 2015 when it had no chance of passing. So why are they voting against it now? You’d have to ask them! All I can say is, I hope the GOP decides to primary the hell out of both of them when they run again! Pray the GOP has the strength to finally do something right, instead of screwing up everything they touch!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!