error

Let’s put politics aside for a moment. Forget about Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party, the House Republicans and Senate Democrats. Let us instead use rational, empirical argument tolook at the current situation. By every objective analysis, Obamacare is flawed. In many ways, it is deeply flawed. It’s not perfect by any measure; even President Obama says so. Any honest assessment of the Healthcare.gov website and the accompanying program arrives at the conclusion that the roll-out was badly bungled. Why not delay the implementation of the program by a year to give everyone time to work out all the flaws and have the system operational?

Now, my Liberal friends will start to say, “You just want to delay Obamacare so you can try to kill it again!” or “You just want to delay Obamacare so that the President will be embarrassed!” Both statements may well be true, but then again, so what? Are you saying that you would rather have Obamacare as-is, without any fixes, so that Republicans and Conservatives like myself can point out the failings on a daily basis? Are you saying that protecting the President from embarrassment is more important than fixing the problem?

Functionally, it’s kind of the equivalent of being sold a new car that was promised by the manufacturer to be the best car ever; top of the line, with every whiz-bang feature imaginable, and when you’re ready to drive that shiny new car off the lot – it won’t start. So the car dealer brings out a set of jumper cables, and after a few tries, gets your car started, but it dies again before you can get halfway out of the lot. Then, the wheels fall off, the paint starts to peel and the oil starts to leak. Completely flabbergasted, you look at the dealer and he shrugs, saying, “well, these things happen.” Outrage would be the correct response. To add insult to injury, if you discovered that the car manufacturer had actually recalled a few earlier models (the delayed employer mandate, the major changes to Obamacare), you may well be excused for wanting a complete refund.IB-premium-exchange-by-state-table-1-1200

As indicated in the tables above provided by the Heritage Foundation, the impact of Obamacare is very real and very substantial. It’s not imaginary. Even though they were told (promised) that their premiums would go down, many people are grappling with the unpleasant surprise that they will be forced to pay more – much more – on healthcare than they do now.  Even though they thought they would be able to keep the healthcare they liked (because they were promised as much). Thousands of people are finding that they are being dropped, or that their coverage is being taxed for being “too good”. The easy to use, customer-friendly website the administration promised has been a boondoggle and nightmare; the current state of the Helathcare.gov website leaves much to be desired; even when it is ostensibly “up and running” (see image at top of post).

Senator Ted Cruz released the following statement today regarding an anticipated speech by President Obama on the troubled roll-out of his key legislation:

Today President Obama will draw the media’s attention to a handful of persons who have applied for Obamacare while ignoring the untold number of Americans who are losing the plans they liked because of Obamacare.

Yesterday, Kaiser Health joined numerous other news outlets by confirming a new victim of Obamacare: Americans who are receiving cancellation notices from their insurers due to the Affordable Act.

“Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies,” Kaiser Health News reported. “The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010.  At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.”

President Obama is sure to promise Americans that with more time, taxpayer money, and patience the law will perform better. Its failings, however, are not limited to its website or its rollout.

We already know Obamacare can’t live up to its promises. President Obama promised Americans that their premiums would go down, taxes would stay low, millions of jobs would be created, and if they liked their healthcare plans, they could keep them.  Instead, premiums are rising, taxes are higher, the economy is sputtering, and people are losing their plans…

It doesn’t matter that what Cruz said is an ideologically-driven statement, reflecting his view that the President has failed to deliver on his most critical promise. Everything Cruz said is factually true, whether you want to agree with him or not. The questions are whether or not we are going to do what’s best for all Americans, whether we are going to let solutions be dismissed based on who provides them, whether we would rather be wrong and fight than be right and agree on finding common sense answers for the problems we all face.

Health Insurance does not equal Health Care. Putting the insurance exchanges on hold will not take away anyone’s healthcare. Let’s delay Obamacare for at least a year to at least fix it, so every American can see for themselves if it works for them or not.

3 thoughts on “Let’s Fix What’s Broken

  1. I have to agree with Revolutionary Voice. The problem with Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act is that they don’t offer anything in it’s place. The GOP position is basically, we don’t want to give Americans health insurance, we don’t want the Democrats to do it either. And, if they give it to you, we’re going to take it away. Yes, the healthcare plan is not working 100% right now, but we have to work on fixing the problems and making it work for everyone. The solution is not to destroy or repeal the program, but to fix it. That’s the reason Republicans will lose in 2014 and 2016. Because their solution it not to find ways to help people, but to find ways NOT to help people. I don’t hate Republicans, but I hate everything their party represents, becasue they divide, instead of unite.

    Like

  2. Here’s the problem with your article: It’s stupid. I know, you know, and everyone else knows that the true purpose of the plan to “delay” Obamacare is to give the Republicans – the enemies of the middle class and the enemies of the working class – time to kill universal healthcare. We won’t allow it. You can’t seriously believe that we’re going to fall for your stupid little plan. We know better. We’ve worked long and hard to get to this point. People are starting to wake up that if they speak together in one voice, and shown how the forces of bigotry, the forces of racism, the forces of class warfare have done everything they can (whether illegal or legal) to stop the march of universal healthcare, they can generate results. For the last 100 years Republicans have stood in the way of healthcare, education, employment and gay rights, women’s rights and civil rights and now your time is done. Do you really think that Ted Cruz is going to scare us? SERIOUSLY? TED CRUZ? He couldn’t even keep the Republicans in congress on the same plan. How could he get the country to vote for him? I’m going to give you and every other Republican some FREE ADVICE: stop fighting the people. Start working WITH the people. Find members in your party who are more interested in passing good laws and fixing laws with some problems instead of falling in love with wannabe heros who don’t accomplish anything. If you don’t like the healthcare plan, why not work to find a real solution? If the GOP would work with Democrats to fix the laws we have, we would not have had the problems we are seeing now. Instead you have just opposed everything, the Party Of No. We will tell you NO in November, and then you will see how we will make sure that this fight is over permanently when the people remove you from office for standing in the way of progress.

    Like

    1. You’re right. You found out our secret plan. Ok, all Republicans, the plan is cancelled. Revolutionary Voice found out our secret plan, so we have to scrap everything and start from scratch. Darn.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s