For the past 7-years, Republicans have been promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a better and more affordable program. As I’ve often said, the Republicans promised but never acted, so they were not prepared for their current control situation.
All efforts made so far by House Republicans and Senate Republicans have been dismal failures. I suspect there are two main reasons for their failure.
First, they have been rushed to put something monstrous together, kind of like the old saying, you want it bad, you got it bad.
Secondly, it’s impossible to come up with a healthcare program that will provide everyone what they want and keep the program affordable for individuals, businesses and taxpayers.
Consequently, a bipartisan group of liberals and conservatives have been working together to review the situation and are recommending to Congress that instead of trying to replace Obamacare, that they should concentrate on fixing it.
An unlikely coalition of liberal and conservative health-policy leaders is calling on Congress to strengthen the existing health-care law in a variety of ways to help Americans get and keep insurance. The group is urging the government, in particular, to continuing paying all the federal subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act and to help Americans enroll in coverage.
In a five-point set of principles issued on Wednesday, the coalition lays out a potential bipartisan path forward after a Republican strategy to tilt federal health policies in more conservative directions failed in the Senate last month.
Beyond favoring the cost-sharing subsidies to insurers that help millions of lower-income customers in the ACA marketplaces, the group also says that states should be allowed latitude to merge the funding of health insurance programs for people who are poor…
Fixing Obamacare to make it truly affordable and acceptable is nearly as impossible as writing an entirely new healthcare program. We need to learn our lessons. National healthcare is financially failing in the United Kingdom, in Canada and in Venezuela. These nations have had to constantly reduce the coverage offered and still increase taxes to pay for it. National healthcare is a socialist utopian dream and nothing more.