Partisan Politicians are Ignoring the Needs of Americans
As much as some in Washington would like the taxpayers to believe Obamacare is working, we all know it is not. Obamacare may have been a laudable attempt to solve a real problem, but it dismally failed.
Billions of dollars have been spent by taxpayers—with millions still uninsured. There has been a steady increase of health insurance costs—some of them extreme like the 116% increase in Arizona. There has been a decrease in choices for one’s doctor. Health insurance companies continue to drop out of Obamacare—for example, in New Jersey, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, and Health Republic United left the marketplace, leaving two companies to dominate. Drug costs are reaching new heights that Americans cannot afford.
The Affordable Care Act is really not all that affordable. Sure, it’s helped some, but it’s hurt many more. The issues are there for everyone to see—the taxpayers live and breathe it. We must gain control of the skyrocketing costs of insurance, medical equipment, and drugs. Healthcare must be brought back to choice and competition before it’s too late.
Repeal and replace is not the answer. Obamacare doesn’t need to be thrown out in its entirety. It simply needs to be fixed. So why can’t the politicos in Washington find some compromise that will lead to a solution? Because the politicos in Washington are caught up in partisan politics and ignoring the needs of Americans.
Why not open up the exchanges so that people can choose from out-of-state? Doing so will drive competition up and prices down; allow employers greater flexibility in employee coverage; get rid of the fee for not having health insurance; and expand HSAs and provide a tax credit based on age, which will assist middle class citizens who aren’t covered by their employer. No one seems to argue that those changes would help—again, because the politicos in Washington are caught up in partisan politics and ignoring the needs of Americans.
Neither side of the aisle is willing to compromise—Republicans want to completely repeal and replace, and Democrats want to keep it totally in place. If we work together to create a plan that will benefit all Americans, America will be in a much better place.
This isn’t a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. It’s an American issue that needs serious compromise. Sadly, it’s business as usual in the Washington swamp.