The Real Reason Why Republicans Are Terrified of “Obamacare”

boehner-scaredThere’s an endless back and forth between liberals and conservatives as it relates to the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).  Too often I see liberals claim that the real reason why conservatives oppose “Obamacare” so fiercely is because they’re afraid it’s actually going to work.

Well, that’s not the real reason.

Granted, “Obamacare” is a much better alternative than we had before (which was basically nothing) but it’s not “the answer” to our health care issues.

And that is what Republicans are so terrified of.  They know what comes next — single-payer universal health care for all.

Once “Obamacare” gets fully rolling, there’s no going back.  Even now there’s really no going back.  As millions of Americans are no longer denied access to health care due to pre-existing conditions, we’ve hit the point where we can’t go back to the days where they were unfairly discriminated against.

Think about it.  If there’s this giant uproar because 5% of Americans who have health insurance are being forced to switch plans, imagine how loud it would be if millions upon millions were suddenly dropped from their insurance altogether (if “Obamacare” were repealed) because they had a pre-existing condition.

“Oh no, I have to switch insurance plans,” would turn into, “Oh no, I can no longer continue to get treatment I’ve been receiving for the last 3 years because my insurance dropped me the day the Affordable Care Act was repealed.”

But the real reason why Republicans are doing whatever they can to make sure this law fails is because the next step is one of the things they fear most — the dreaded “socialized health care.”

You know, just like nearly every other modern nation around the globe.

Because the fact of the matter is “Obamacare” is nothing more than “swiss cheese” for health care.  Sure, it’s a plan to deal with many of the issues that plagued our health care system in this country, but it still leaves a lot of holes that aren’t going to be filled.

There will still be millions paying far too much for insurance.  There will still be millions unable to get the treatment they need.  There will still be millions of Americans who won’t have health insurance.

All problems that can mostly be fixed with socialized health care.  Now I can already hear conservatives, “Socialized health care is a failure!”  If that’s the case, why is it that almost every modernized country around the world has it?  Why is it that every country leading the world in average life expectancy has socialized health care?

If our health care system is so great, why does the average American live a lifespan closer to Mexico than Canada?

And Republicans know that once “Obamacare” gets settled, the website gets fixed and people realize all these changes they’ve been afraid of really aren’t that bad — they’ll have no defense going forward.

Even now as Republicans tout polls that show a majority of Americans disapprove of “Obamacare”, what they fail to mention is a good portion of that disapproval comes from Americans who believe the health care law isn’t liberal enough.

Conservatives are absolutely terrified that as soon as this irrational fear about “Obamacare” subsides, and its approval numbers rise as people realize it’s really not as bad as Republicans had been claiming it would be, at that point they’ll know they lost the battle.  The next stop after that is a single-payer system.

And that’s why they’ve done everything within their power — since even before the Affordable Care Act became law — to try to force the law to fail.

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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