MICHAEL REAGAN: Make the Democrats own Obamacare

MICHAEL REAGAN

MICHAEL REAGAN

At my age, I’m pretty sure I don’t need maternity care. At her age, I’m pretty sure my granddaughter doesn’t need health insurance for her end-of-life needs.

But what do I know? I’m just a dumb citizen.

According to the architects of Obamacare – if you can call the Democrats who designed President Obama’s signature failure “architects” – I can’t be trusted to buy my own health insurance.

The architects of Obamacare in Washington, all Democrats, decided six or seven years ago they knew what the best health plan was for everyone, rich or poor, healthy or sick, old or young, Californian or New Yorker.

For them, health-care choice was never an option for individual American citizens – it was one-size fits all.

They decided that every American human being, no matter what their sex, age, health or personal needs or desires, deserved Cadillac care for any possible sickness or service.

When they drew up their plans the architects of Obamacare promised the moon but they delivered the usual piece of government space junk.

They promised insurance premiums would be low and be subsidized for the poor. Co-pays also would be minimal.

They promised all Americans would have access to affordable quality health care.

But in the real world it turned out many people can’t afford to use their Obamacare insurance cards to actually purchase health care because the deductibles are too expensive, or Obamacare’s architects severely limited the kinds of health care plans insurance companies were allowed to offer customers.

It should surprise no one that Obama’s pie-in-the sky promises have been broken and his plan is on fire and crashing to Earth. But now even some Democrats are admitting Obamacare has got serious problems. Republicans want radical changes that will get the government out of the health care insurance racket.

They want to repeal and replace Obamacare’s mandates so that individuals can buy the health insurance plan they want from insurance companies that want to sell it to them. They want individuals and small businesses to be able to join together in larger groups or insurance pools to pay lower premiums.

Republicans in Congress – if they can get their act together and stop fighting each other – are in a position to radically change things for the better.

But they need to come together, present a patient-based, market-based repeal & replace health care plan to the Senate and then force the Democrats there to explain to the country why they are the ones whose filibusters are preventing it from passing.

Republicans have to make the Democrats own and defend Obamacare, which will soon die a natural death.

If that doesn’t work, President Trump should invite every Republican and Democrat leader from Congress into the White House and lock the doors until they come up with a solution.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant and an author. Readers can contact him at reagan@caglecartoons.com.

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  • TWBDB

    Michael Reagan’s article : folks are you tired of being spoken to as if you’re stupid yet ?

    I have an employee policy: a choice of 4 policies from different companies offered through my employer. If I change insurance brands, I cannot guarantee that I’ll be able to keep the same doctor, the same medical provider chain of hospitals and clinics. Yes, Obama said “you can keep your doctor” and yes, that wasn’t a wise thing to say, but no one can say that with assurance.

    Also, if we go to a ‘progressive’ plan, meaning your premiums drastically increase with age, which is what if on the table now, if you’re over 65, over 80, your premiums are going to be through the roof. If we start providing ‘personalized health care coverage plans’ as Michael Reagan suggests, that will require an even greater administrative pool, even greater confusion in the system, which will ultimately hit your pocketbook – – and further bolster the pockets of big business.

    We should expect this health care debate to be politicized but honestly enough is enough. Had Republicans sat in the room and negotiated during the 1990’s on health care we could have avoided the exponential premium and price increases for the last 20 years. But is was a Democrat who brought that to the forefront then, and even back then it was ‘socialized’ medicine coming to town. Medicare / Medicaid IS socialized medicine – – that IS single payer – – and it DOES give medical doctors the freedom to compete for that guaranteed payment from an insured pool of covered patients.

    We have the best in class medical providers in the world. We have the capability to offer this best in class medical care to every American; just like we have the capability to feed every child; educate every child. If we stopped listening to the stupidity of partisan politics and demanded what we’ve had the capability to do for decades, we might could move on to more esoteric matters.