This is my issue with those opposed to Obamacare — fine, you want to repeal it. What is your plan to handle the myriad issues related to health care reform: people without insurance (we’re already paying for them in the most expensive way possible, through the ER), those with pre-existing conditions, the under-insured (an illness can bankrupt a family)?
It’s obvious that GOP elected officials don’t have a plan – why is that? The braintrust (taking broad liberties there) has had plenty of time to look at health care reform and the serious, complex issues, but look at what comes out of the mouth of Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-NE) — rambling BS, no specifics. Oh right, the plan was to let this President fail so they can slide in and do…nothing. (Think Progress):
KEYES: If it does ultimately all get struck down, what do we do for 57 million people who have pre-existing conditions?
TERRY: We’re going to work on that. We’re going to do it by looking at first, how do we lower health care costs, how do we make the system more efficient and less costly.
KEYES: Are there any ideas on how to do that?
TERRY: There’s going to be lots of ideas. We just have to accept all of them.
KEYES: Do we have any yet?
TERRY: We’re going to hold hearings, we’re going to invite experts. This is not going to be a closed process at all. It’s going to be completely open where we take as many ideas for reform as we can get and then we’ll see what it takes to deal with those that need more attention if they have significant pre-existing. So we’re going to deal with all of those issues.
KEYES: The mantra for a while has been “repeal and replace.” Is there an idea of what the replace would be yet?
TERRY: No. We want to take it in a very deliberate, open approach and take everybody’s ideas.
The Affordable Care Act is just a small first crack at altering a broken system that leaves millions without any coverage, families devastated by financial crisis by illness, and for decades neither party has taken on this issue up until now. Why haven’t these Republicans been working with experts, and doing studies and research all along the way to give Americans an actual choice on how to handle health care reform in 2012? Saying “your way sucks” and saying you’ll roll it back is NOT a plan. The SCOTUS ruling now places pressure on the GOP to do more than promises of repeal.
But the Obama Administration and his campaign have their own problems — “Obamacare” isn’t popular, but the individual provisions of it — coverage for kids under parent’s insurance till they are 26, pre-existing condition mandatory coverage, ARE popular with voters. The fact that the President’s name is attached to it is PR poison, and the GOP is more than happy to run with that. Honestly, it can all be countered with the fact that Mitt Romney’s support of the very similar Romneycare (cited by Justice Ginsberg in her opinion bolstering the ACA), is hanging out there all over, and on video, including that individual mandate.
“For those that have higher incomes, we expect them to have health insurance. And if they don’t we’re going to withhold their tax refund or put in place other penalties to assure that everybody comes in the system.”