I recently met a woman here in Texas whose only income is the $617 a month she gets from Social Security. The rest of her support is provided by her children. She told me about the fact that the cheapest health care plan she can find (she doesn’t yet qualify for Medicare) would cost her $435 per month. And apparently in Texas, an income of $617 per month means you don’t qualify for Medicaid.
Well, thanks to Rick Perry refusing to expand Medicaid, she doesn’t have access to it and can’t afford insurance. Luckily there’s a provision in the law that says if states chose to not expand Medicaid and the person makes below a certain amount, they wouldn’t be penalized for not having health insurance.
But let’s be honest, almost every problem Republicans harp on about Obamacare is a direct result of having to deal with them.
What liberals want is a single-payer Medicare for all system with a private option. But we couldn’t get that because Republicans wouldn’t allow it.
Think about it – what are the biggest complaints levied by Republicans against the Affordable Care Act? People losing their current insurance? Well, if we had Medicare for all, that wouldn’t be an issue. Rising costs of insurance plans? Again, with a single-payer system that wouldn’t be a problem either. Nearly every argument Republicans make against Obamacare is actually a reason why we should have a single-payer system.
Okay, so the launch of the website was a disaster but that’s been fixed for quite a while now. So if that’s what you’re using, I suggest you move on.
But then when it comes to single-payer they’ll harp on the “long lines” people might have to wait. If single-player is so terrible, why is it found in almost every industrialized country around the world? Why do people in Canada, the country most often cited when it comes to universal health care, live significantly longer than we do? Why is their health care system still extremely popular?
Heck, why is Medicare so popular? And if you don’t think that it is, go see how angry seniors get at the mention of any cuts to the program.
Many of the “problems” (yes, there are some) with the Affordable Care Act are due in large part to what Republicans forced Democrats to give up in order to get the law passed.
Just like the woman’s story in Texas. If it wasn’t for Republican obstruction (and sabotage) of the law, she’d have received health care through Medicaid expansion.
So when Republicans go on crying about the “horrors of Obamacare,” they need to take a good long look in the mirror – because their actions to sabotage the law are the cause of many of those problems.
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