Republicans Throwing a Fit Over “Obamacare” Issues are Blaming the Wrong People

republicans-obamacareToday marks the last day of November, which of course means it’s also the day President Obama said the issues with Healthcare.gov would be fixed.

Just for the record, after being slammed for not being fully honest about Americans being able to keep their current health insurance plans, promising the American people that the issues with Healthcare.gov would be fixed by a specific date was possibly the dumbest thing the president could have done.

Granted, by most accounts the website is working much better.  But as we’ve seen with 5% of Americans having to switch their substandard health insurance plans, it doesn’t take a large percentage of people experiencing issues to cause a media firestorm that makes it seem as if the whole world is coming to an end.

That being said, those upset over the Affordable Care Act are blaming the wrong people.  Yes, the issues with the website are the fault of the Obama administration.  How it launched and experienced such crippling failures is inexcusable.  And while this is an embarrassing situation, it’s one that I have confidence will be fixed and soon forgotten.

After all, you don’t hear anyone throwing fits over the Medicare Part D rollout now do you?  It also experienced a disastrous rollout that was a huge deal when it happened.

But the people outraged because they’ve had their premiums hiked or insurance dropped are simply blaming the wrong people.

Listen, President Obama isn’t cancelling these plans.  Supporters of the Affordable Care Act aren’t jacking up your health care premiums.

Nope.  That would be the insurance companies.

The fact of the matter is, if you oppose socialized health care in favor of a for-profit health insurance industry, this is what you’re going to get.

To these companies, we’re all just figures on a chart.

I once went for an interview with an insurance company.  During the interview, the supervisor flat out said that we’re not here to find ways to cover people, we’re here to find ways not to cover people.  He then asked me if I could tell my grandmother that she wasn’t covered for damages after she just lost everything — and if I couldn’t, this wasn’t the job for me.

Upon him saying that, I got up and walked out.

But the thing is, he was just being honest.  These insurance companies aren’t there to find ways to help consumers, they exist to find ways not to help consumers.

Sure, these insurance companies will gladly take your money, but they’ll only pay out when they absolutely have to.  If they can find a way to not pay out on your policy, trust me, that’s what they’re going to do.

But hey, that’s what a for-profit health care industry is.  It’s putting the lives of millions of Americans in the hands of companies that are trying to find ways not to pay for health services.

If a government law forces them to no longer provide junk plans and provide real health insurance, some of them are choosing to increase premiums so that they can keep their profits surging at record levels.

See, many of these companies were making piles of money by taking payments from consumers while not really providing health insurance — just the illusion of insurance.  Now that they’re no longer allowed to do that, they’re going to find other ways to increase profits.  Mainly by jacking up premiums whenever possible.

Then again, hikes in health premiums aren’t something new caused by “Obamacare.”  This has been going on for quite a while.  I can’t say that I’ve met too many people who were seeing their health insurance rates decrease over the last decade or so.

Yet for those who want to act enraged over their insurance plans being cancelled or premiums going up, you shouldn’t really be blaming President Obama or Democrats.  If they had their way, we’d have a single-payer health care system that would eliminate most of these problems people are complaining about.

Because while Republicans like to claim that the “majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare,” what they fail to mention is that in their “disapproval” numbers they’re including those who feel the law isn’t liberal enough.  You know, the ones who won’t settle for anything less than universal health care.

It’s Republicans and health insurance lobbyists that want a for-profit health care industry which views the health of Americans as figures in budget instead of actual human lives.

It’s something the Affordable Care Act has fully exposed.  The moment health insurance companies were forced to provide real health insurance, they’ve shown their true colors.  Increasing premiums for many while cancelling plans for around 5% of Americans.

Let’s be honest — not everything in this world should be “for-profit.”  Should the ability for Americans to maintain their health be contingent upon how much they can afford?  This for-profit health industry basically says to those who are poor, “Tough luck.  If you’re sick, you’re pretty much screwed.”

So while it’s easy to lash out at President Obama or Democrats during this transition, you’re really blaming the wrong people.

We want Americans  all Americans — to have access to affordable health care.

It’s Republicans and big health insurance lobbyists worried more about revenue than people’s lives who want to restrict access, cancel plans and hike premiums.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • FD Brian

    when it comes to the insurance business think about this: Raising rates to the point were poor (and usually the most unhealthy) can’t afford insurance and only the better off (and usually much healthier) can afford it, that’s a no brainer and the business model that insurance companies use.