6. Repealing And Replacing Obamacare
Throughout 2009 and into early 2010, many Americans were appalled at the debate over, and the eventual passage of, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The road to Obamacare has to have been one of the most contentious periods in recent American history, and it somehow led to a $940 billion piece of legislation that was wildly unpopular when it was passed and remains so today.
Upon reclaiming the majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans made a promise to vote to repeal Obamacare. The bill passed, largely on party lines, but it was essentially a symbolic vote, and the Senate version of the repeal bill barely failed to pass. There’s also talk now of defunding Obamacare among the current budget talks. And, of course, we can’t forget Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that the health care law is unconstitutional, a ruling that is currently in the process of being appealed.
No matter how it’s done — through legislation, through defunding, or through the courts — Obamacare must be done away with. There’s no question that the law as it stands now will be detrimental to our economy and to our health care system. The regulations and tax burdens will hurt or kill small businesses, and the deficit will only get larger under this law. A slew of doctors are contemplating shutting down their practices altogether. I’d also be remiss to neglect to mention the sheer arrogance of the federal government in mandating coverage. Simply put, Obamacare has to go.
But I think the Republican majority in the House has to think more than just about putting a stop to government-run health care. The Right needs to devise some sort of health care reform that will allow the free market to reign supreme and lower costs for all Americans. From health care pools to tort reform to allowing customers to purchase coverage across state lines, there are plenty of solutions out there, and it’s up to conservatives to rally around the solutions that will truly work.
We really do have the best health care here in the United States, and I think it would only take some tweaking of the system to get rid of some of the worst problems with it and make it even better.