By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(NationalSentinel) Healthcare Reform: When the Republican-led House eked out victory by passing the first of what we hope will be several bills to finally repeal and replace Obamacare with something resembling a free-market alternative, Democrats mocked them.
In typical childish fashion, they broke out in song – “Na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, good-bye” – insinuating that the Republicans who voted for the legislation will somehow pay a price at the polls in 2018.
Talk about tone-deaf. Republicans control the House and Senate (and White House) in large part precisely because the party has been promising for years to get rid of Obamacare.
And now that the House has delivered the Senate must. There will be changes to the House measure, to be sure, but some version of repeal-and-replace will likely emerge, and when it does, it is likely to pass.
Anticipating that, Marxist Democrats have already begun spewing lie after lie about what the Republican bill will do to innocent children, old folks and of course “the poor.” But the fact is, Obamacare is a disaster that is already wreaking havoc on the federal budget deficit, “the poor,” the young, the old, the Millennial generation, and just about every one else.
The Democrat-passed law has never delivered as promised. It didn’t lower premiums and out-of-pocket deductibles; it didn’t lead to universal coverage as promised; it didn’t cost taxpayers less money; it didn’t improve healthcare delivery; it didn’t reduce the number of expensive E.R. visits; it didn’t allow millions to keep their doctors; it didn’t allow tens of millions to keep their plans; it didn’t provide Americans with more choice.
And so on.
The fact is Obamacare was nothing more than a stepping stone to full-on, 100-percent, government-run health care – you know, socialized medicine – and no less than former Senate Majority/Minority Leader Harry Reid admitted as much in 2013, when Obamacare had already begun to collapse.
Let’s understand that no matter what BS Democrats spout about the GOP plan, Obamacare is unworkable garbage, period. Also, we must understand what they want: Nothing less than total, iron-fisted control over your healthcare choices, period.
They want the government to be able to say who gets covered and when, by how much, and for what purposes. By the same token, they want government to be able to deny procedures and payments to patients and healthcare institutions that bureaucrats have decided are not proper or appropriate.
The GOP plan will not be a perfect fix the first time around, but it’s not going to be the end of the process, either. This first effort must be successful in order for the follow-on efforts – regulatory changes and additional legislation – to be successful.
When Democrats say anything about how bad the GOP plan is, tune them out. They have no credibility, given the damage they did to our healthcare system with Obamacare.