Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray have tried throughout most of this year to reach a bipartisan support on “fixing” Obamacare, without much success. The problem is pretty clear. Democrats want socialized medicine run by the federal government. Republicans want the insurance companies to run it, with the ability to buy it across state lines, and if the truth be told, would love for you and me to be able to sue our insurance companies if we didn’t agree with their archaic payment process. The gap between the two parties seems huge.
Yet, Donald Trump says he’d back it, at least a part of it, as long as it doesn’t make the insurance companies richer.
That’s one reason why Trump decided to stop the subsidized payments to the insurance companies taking part in Obamacare. They are making a fortune from the federal government, and frankly, it’s bankrupting the nation, and Obamacare itself.
Under Alexander and Murray’s “plan”, there would be a two-year hiatus in trying to “repeal and replace” Obamacare in which time the subsidies would resume. That would enable Congress to come up with something that would be able to pass both chambers, and still save the consumer money without bankrupting the country. There are some other things involved that benefit the Republicans, but they are minor. Basically the GOP gets the ability to issue block grants to the states so they have a greater freedom in deciding how the money is being spent. While that’s nice, it’s just a dirty bone thrown to an old dog. It doesn’t fix anything. Nor is it intended to.
Trump is actually right in telling the world we shouldn’t be subsidizing insurance companies through Obamacare. If they can’t make a profit through that plan, we need to find a plan that they can without government subsidies. Obamacare obviously isn’t the answer. You want to take the 2 million poor, sick folks that don’t have insurance and can’t afford insurance and give them a policy paid for by the government, I don’t have a problem with that. Isn’t that what Medicaid is for? We’ve already got that! You don’t need Obamacare for that. All that does is rob from the rich and give to the poor, along with all of our tax dollars. That’s the wrong approach.
If you want to get smart about healthcare insurance it’s easy. You have the insurance companies sell it to individuals (not through employers), and you have them sell it like you’re buying any other type of insurance out there. Buy it like car insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, etc. Why do we have this fascination with healthcare insurance that has to be stuck to an employer to pay for? That makes about as much sense as a having a candy bar company make automobiles. It’s simply a stupid move.
No, Murray and Alexander’s plan, while raising some hope won’t get very far. It has enraged the GOP in the House, and there are a lot of skeptical GOP Senators in the upper chamber. You dump bad bills…just like the Iran Nuclear Deal was a bad deal, you kill it. You get rid of it. Then you write a bill that actually makes sense. Socialism doesn’t work. It has never worked, and it will never work because the left always runs out of other people’s money.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!