Health Care Reform Cannot be Stopped
Overturning ACA would cause 32 million Americans to forgo insurance. It would deregulate the insurance industry and cause those children that are on their parents plans (until age 26) to be dropped like a hot stone. The part that went into effect today about mandating that insurance companies spend 80-85% of your premium money on the insured would be reversed. Children would not be covered if they had preexisting conditions (active now) and the practice of denying coverage for adults with preexisting conditions would continue if the law is repealed. Increased funding for primary care physicians and nurses would go away. Preventive care is part of the bill. That would be repealed along with insurance companies dropping people from coverage once they get sick or hit their lifetime limit.
Take away Health Care Reform and the deficits and health care costs will rise at higher rates. Continuing to pay for quantity and not quality got us into this mess. Continuing the current system is the most expensive and irresponsible choice any politician could make.
What are the Republicans planning on replacing ACA with? They want to get rid of insurance exchanges (which preserves the current insurance system in America) and replace it with purchasing of insurance across state lines. When people can't afford insurance in their own state, I don't see how buying it from another state (that can't be regulated) adds anything. They want expanded use of health care savings accounts. Again, that works fine for high income people, but is that solving a problem? Estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that similar principles would insure only an additional 3 million Americans.
The Democrats made a big mistake by delaying many provisions of ACA until 2014. They also blew it by not getting the message out to Americans. Many liberals are angry that Health Care Reform didn't go far enough. It actually has many principles that were mouthed by Republicans a few years ago but are strongly opposed now that it came from Obama.
It is not a perfect law but unless I see an alternative that does as much for all Americans, I support "Obamacare"