According to Vice President Mike Pence, ObamaCare will be repealed to make way for “freedom and individual responsibility”. The Vice President does not, however, clarify what freedoms are to be enjoyed by individuals who are already sick or poor.
ObamaCare will be replaced with something that actually works—bringing freedom and individual responsibility back to American health care.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) February 22, 2017
The irony here is that – in its current form – the ACA’s individual mandate absolutely exemplifies the idea of “individual responsibility” to the utmost degree; wherein no person(s) would be exempt from health insurance.
That is the crux of the Republican administration’s issue with the Affordable Care Act; it seems that far too many people who need healthcare are actually getting healthcare.
Prior to ObamaCare, there existed no mandate for insurance; meaning essentially the sick, poor and otherwise fiscally marginalized could exist without health benefits and did, in fact, become the burden of taxpayers as well as dutifully insured citizens (emergency rooms do not pay for themselves). Similarly, there was no legislation that required insurance companies to sell insurance to everyone – including the already sick and/or poor – at an affordable price; those that fell into these margins were likely priced out of the market.
“Nothing to complain about”
It seems that Pence is harkening back to a time that actually never existed but instead symbolizes some grandiose, “alternate facts” ridden, Beaver-Cleaver-meets-Archie-Bunker version of America, where it was every citizen’s “individual responsibility” not to burden insurance companies with their sickness.
To date, the new administration has put forth no actual plans that would in fact replace the ACA, despite Trump’s two-year candidacy claims. Repealing without a replacement could leave 18 million Americans without health insurance within a year and 32 million by 2026.
At a campaign-style rally last Saturday, President Trump assured supporters that an Obamacare replacement would be unveiled “in a couple of weeks.”
“We are going to be submitting in a couple of weeks a great healthcare plan that’s going to take the place of the disaster known as ObamaCare,” he said. “It will be repealed and replaced. Just so you understand, our plan will be much better healthcare at a much lower cost, OK? Nothing to complain about.”Click here for reuse options!
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