When President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid were shoving Obamacare down our throats, Americans were outraged.
Congressmen and women were called and given an earful. It was unconstitutional to force Americans into a health plan they didn’t want. And the plan reeked of elitism- House Members and Senators did not take it and kept plans that were the envy of millions of Americans.
Even worse was the total lack of transparency associated with the massive spending bill.Everything under the sun was packed into it- Porkulous spending, earmarks for hundreds of districts whose representatives were up for re-election, Nancy Pelosi saying “We Have to pass the bill to find out what’s inside”.
Now, years later as Obamacare might be going the way of the dinosaur as Donald Trump gets into office. He pledged to dismantle the bill when he became President.
And here’s the rub.
Obamacare forced insurance companies to cover 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. So if the rules are changed, millions might lose that now.
The study notes that the vast majority of these 52 million people have coverage through their employers or government programs such as Medicaid, but if they ever lost that coverage and tried to apply on their own in the individual market, they could be denied a new plan.
Insurance companies had long lists of conditions that meant people could be denied coverage before ObamaCare. The conditions ranged from diabetes to sleep apnea to pregnancy.
Republicans are sensitive to this and are navigating what it looks like to bring in new enrollees into coverage while protecting those with pre-existing conditions. But at the end of the day, the government shouldn’t be in the business of providing insurance.
The best way to get insurance companies to be more competitive will be to open up the free market and let insurance companies compete in different states. But Obamacare is so deeply entrenched in our country, it will take a year or two to pull it and all its devastating effects from businesses who have it in their business models.
This means some growing pains for the country. But if Trump does dismantle Obamacare, while it might hurt for a few months, eventually freeing our government from the overwhelming financial burden will give tax payers much more relief in the long run
Americans know how to best use their money and anytime there is government interference in the form of regulation or “socialized” medicine, the average American (and not Congressman) bear the brunt of it. Taking over 1/6 of the American economy drives prices higher for everyone and uses your money inefficiently. Donald Trump must dismantle Obamacare so the whole nation can be healthy.
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