The U.S. election is over and GOP zealots are almost peeing their pants to finally repeal Obamacare. Killing “job killing” Obamacare is their mantra, their raison d’être.It is their sacred duty to exorcise this creeping cancer. They don’t even know why anymore, their eyes are glazed over in hysterical solidarity.
Having spent most recent congressional sessions voting fifty six times to repeal it, they now have the troops and the mandate, to be successful on the fifty seventh and (hallelujah) ,the final,vote. “Can I get an amen?”
Instead of dying on this hill, Democrats should lay down their arms and let Republicans die on it.
Let it go.
Because Obamacare isn’t what progressive Americans wanted in the first place. It was a compromise, a sop to Cerberus, a watered down Republican scheme that was “the best we could hope for”. Many Democrats held their noses and supported Obamacare because at least it moved the ball down the field towards accepting health care as a right not a business venture.
Obamacare became the embodiment of evil immediately the black guy brought it in. It is the focal point of Obama hate, a dog whistle for racism and ungodly socialism.
GOP zealots and a compliant media have convinced 75% of Americans that Obamacare is bad and should be repealed.
So let it go.
Obamacare, though complex and a masterstroke of political finagling, is really not much. It’s a mandatory private insurance plan. Whoopee.The rest of the world shakes their collective heads.
Republicans want to repeal it and replace it with an optional private insurance plan of some ilk. (To be decided sometime after their repealing bile has subsided).
So let it go.
Let them remove Obamacare as a scapegoat that allows private health insurance companies to fleece the U.S. public with jacked up premiums and deductibles.
Let them transfer ownership of an untenable private health insurance system to themselves.
Let it go.
I know, Obamacare, was the first American homage to universal healthcare.
I know that lots of Presidents (and first ladies) tried and failed to reform heath care after having faced the withering blast of big pharma and lobbyists that carpet bomb any attempt at reform.
I know Obamacare was a modern miracle of political prestidigitation.
And I know Obamacare was a move forward. To require all people to have health insurance, and to help those who couldn’t afford it was a worthwhile goal. To outlaw “pre existing conditions”, lifetime caps and staying on parents plans until twenty six are things that even Republicans grudgingly support.
Ironically, the GOP “replacement” of Obamacare will be – guess what? While mumbling something about “state lines” and competition the GOP will come up with a private insurance scheme in which companies can’t disqualify for pre existing conditions, can’t have a lifetime benefit cap, and must allow children to stay on their parents plan until they are 26. Sound familiar? It should, and it’s all the Republicans can do.
They can’t tell insurance companies, “OK, now that we’ve repealed that awful Obamacare, you can resume the life and death abuse you foisted on Americans for a hundred years.
There’s nothing else they can do but re-fiddle Obamacare and perhaps re-name it Trumpcare.
Without removing the profit motive from health care, the U.S. is doomed to a game of health care whack a mole – closing one care disqualifier as private companies find another way to disqualify patients or simply raise rates and blame the system.
Neither Obamacare nor any shiny new GOP system based on private insurance will work. They both depend on a model that expects private health insurers to serve the patient for a reasonable fee.
Currently, medical insurers get $.33 of every $1.00 spent in medical care.
Ultimately, it’s ending this travesty that will be the answer, not re jigging ways of having people pay $.33 of every dollar to pay for health centre waterfalls, foyers, and CEO bonuses.
So let Obamacare go Democrats, and work towards removing the profit motive from health care. Everyone knows this is the right answer but they are afraid of the fight and the unknown.
Let it go – and let the Republicans take their turn demonstrating the unfairness and inefficacy of for profit health care for a while.
Obamacare will still be President Obama’s legacy, and real, single payer health care may some day come to Americans out it’s modest beginnings.
But as long as Obamacare is around to take the blame for untenable health care costs, it will.
Let it go.