Veteran Advisor
Posts: 1,726
Registered: ‎06-30-2010

Re: healthcare it and weep

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Cars are not people.  I doubt we can successfully turn back the clock to pre-Obamacare, and doubt the current GOP plan helps most of us much, if any, probably increases insurance costs again for those of us in the twilight pre-Medicare window.  The people most helped by Obamacare were those who were using the emergency rooms as their primary care providers -- we were all paying for it in our doctor/hospital  bills -- and those with pre-existing conditions that either made them unable to obtain health insurance, unable to change their health coverage provider, and/or made coverage (and healthcare) so unaffordable that they were "taking their chances" or being forced into bankruptcy if their health deteriorated, and/or being forced to make health decisions based solely on their cash position.  Neither Obamacare nor the current GOP plan really did anything to actually control actual health care costs overall, they are both plans primarily addressing availability and costs of health insurance coverage, along with the mandates and tax/spend.  Overall, since the Obamacare ship has sailed, Obamacare probably does the most to make health insurance (and thus healthcare) most available to the most people.  The GOP provision to make $x available to fund pre-existing conditions for x number years is not something I'd want to rely on for my future health care, if I was in that position.


The time to repeal Obamacare was within the first couple of years of its enactment, before the choices became so limited by insurance companies pulling out, before the millions of uninsured signed up, before the individual policy market was destroyed, etc.  For those of us not on Medicare, who do not have access to an employer insurance plan, who lost their previous insurance coverage due to Obamacare (for whatever reason), our choices are now quite limited (compared to pre-Obamacare), and the GOP plan doesn't help.  For those who had insurance coverage pre-Obamacare, and were being treated for some long-term illness or disease, then switched to the marketplace to obtain subsidized insurance coverage (or lost their previous coverage and made the switch) -- those people have pre-existing conditions, and under the GOP plan would be subject to what the government decides on coverage and funding.  It isn't difficult to find someone who would be adversely impacted by the GOP plan -- it itself, that is a red flag.  The biggest benefactors under the GOP plan appear to be those planning on how to spend the extra money from the tax savings.


Basically, I'm thinking the horse is out of the barn and over the hill.  Improvements can be made to Obamacare, but the GOP plan might not be the right answer, and healthcare should not be a partisan issue (that's how we got Obamacare in the first place), it should be open to public discussion, open debate, considered compromise, etc.  No more of "you'll have to pass it to see what is in it" -- analyze it, discuss it, consider the ramifications, make the comparisons, figure out to help the most people the best we can, figure out how to harm the least people the best we can, get it right, whatever it is, or let it ride.  There are pros and cons to both the GOP plan and Obamacare.