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The affordable care act…. A great American boondoggle

July 26, 2017

…that sound you hear is the sound of our nations healthcare system slowly sinking into oblivion. It is an indisputable fact that without most adults and families in the United States signing up for coverage in the ‘affordable care act’ (aka obamacare) it will fail. This is because of the one simple fact it can not support all the people who do sign up for it because many are already sick or have a preexisting condition. Yes millions of other people signed up for Medicaid under the ACA changed rules but they too did not help pay for those that are sick because under the new ACA Medicaid policy their payments and deductibles were low or nonexistent. It is just common sense that you cannot have a healthcare system support itself with only sick people in it.

When the affordable care act was originally being pushed through congress our representatives knew full well the secret that without tens of million of healthy people signing up for it the ACA it would fail. These representatives once again used slight of hand to garner your support by touting the fact that no one will be denied coverage regardless of physical health. They went so far as to openly lie to the American public and say that we could maintain the doctors we had before ACA and that we would save on average $3,000 per year over what we were currently paying.

So with the then President almost daily telling us how good the new system will be and never mentioning that it won’t work without everyone signing up for it, the bill was passed and the Affordable Care Act became law. We then found out that the ‘penalty’ for not signing up would be a fine every year at tax time. Why didn’t we know about this before the bill was passed, well Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”, so maybe our representatives should have read the bill and informed the public.

Healthcare is an area our government has no business being involved in. I say no business because though our healthcare system was not in great shape it was still the best in the world before our representatives stuck their fingers into it. Why else would people from around the world come to America to be treated by our doctors in our hospitals? Why would people from Canada, with their single payer healthcare system, cross the border almost on a daily basis to be seen by our doctors in our clinics? Yes the cost of medical insurance was continually rising but isn’t everything, so why did a president lie to us to get congress to enact obomacare, when he knew it would escalate the individual costs and could never work unless almost every man, woman and child in this nation signed on?

Now in Washington our representatives are fighting a battle they know they can not win by attempting to change or replace the ACA. No matter what they do they know without getting more healthy people than sick people to sign up for the healthcare plan it will fail. Lately a modicum of common sense must be emerging because a number of our representatives will not support any legislation to keep the ACA alive in any form. Now one can only wish that we could go back in time and never have the government meddle in something they have absolutely no right to be involved in.

More importantly why is congress
getting involved where they have absolutely no right too?

The 10th amendment to our constitution states

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are
reserved to the states respectively,
or to the people”.

Does anyone see in the constitution any clause or amendment
telling our government to oversee the nations healthcare?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    July 26, 2017 10:01 pm

    Your last sentence & proceeding muse speaks volumes & echoes the thoughts of yours truly. You made more sense in the last part of your post than Congress & government in general has in decades.

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  2. Dwight permalink
    July 27, 2017 3:32 am

    There should be a rule that a citizen be gainfully employed (if able) before receiving general healthcare.

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  3. July 27, 2017 4:43 am

    Because in the U.S. people are insured by their separate chosen insurance agencies, there’s, NO unifying the cost (the premiums per year paid) like if there’s a nationwide system, which is why starting the all-citizen healthcare system won’t work this late in the game…

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  4. Del permalink
    July 27, 2017 8:02 am

    We have lost Pete due to the 7 Redemocrates that voted against what they voted for in 2015!.. The constituents of these 9 should remember what they did to kill the private sector and bring Gov. or single payer insurance to the nation….. They are a bunch of LAIRS to their base and should be voted out!!! Remember this day as the day the ruining of the private sector health care was started!!!


  5. July 27, 2017 4:38 pm

    “It is just common sense that you cannot have a healthcare system support itself with only sick people in it.”

    That is certainly true if the healthcare system is run by for-profit insurance companies. If we could reform the healthcare insurance industry, it would make health care vastly more affordable. Many people say that single-payer is the answer to that. I don’t understand it well enough to voice an opinion one way or the other. But I’ve heard that most people in Canada are satisfied with the single-payer system. I think it is necessary to distinguish between the insurance system that pays for health care and the medical establishment that provides the health care. Those are two separate, related, entities; and they should be treated as such.

    I am wary of this new idea spreading that health care is a human right. I don’t know that it is. Never-the-less, I think a place to live should be a human right before health care.

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  6. July 28, 2017 1:14 pm

    Good piece, Pete! You know my situation and I am disgusted beyond words with the damn Republicans in the Senate!! And one of the biggest offenders is Murkowski!! She will do anything to keep changes from being made to Obamacare because she re-took her seat with votes from the bush. Therefore, she is pandering to those folks most of whom wouldn’t have medical coverage were it not for Obamacare. By doing so she’s tossed people like me ‘under the bus’. Next election I’ll swallow hard and vote for her Democratic challenger before I’d vote for her. Whatever happened to putting the good of the American people ahead of just getting re-elected? As for no repeal/replacement of Obamacare; once the damn government gives the masses something it is virtually impossible to take it away. If some representatives try, they will probably face real trouble come the next election cycle. Is this a broken system or what..?!?!

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  7. August 1, 2017 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the thoughts, Pete, and for swinging by my blog.

    You said:

    “Healthcare is an area our government has no business being involved in. I say no business because though our healthcare system was not in great shape it was still the best in the world before our representatives stuck their fingers into it.”

    1) It is incorrect to state that our healthcare system is or was “the best in the world.” Most Americans fall into one or two categories: a) they have no insurance or b) they are underinsured.

    For-profit healthcare works well for insurance companies and drug companies (both of whom gauge consumers) and it works well for the wealthy, but it is a dismal system for the middle class and the poor. Not only is it not the best in the world for those who are not wealthy, it is in fact the worst. The middle class and poor in other developed nations (most notably in western Europe) enjoy better access to healthcare at a much lower cost to the overall healthcare system.

    2) Healthcare works best for the average person when government IS involved.

    The capitalist, for-profit system only benefits corporations and the wealthy (who can afford it). Right now, your hard earned dollars go to fund the yachts and Mediterranean villas that executives in the health insurance companies and drug companies lavish upon themselves because healthcare, for them, is simply a way to get rich.

    Again, we need only look at western European countries for examples of how eliminating the profit motive is a far better approach to healthcare. Even the die-hard capitalist nation of England has a single-payer, socialist healthcare system, and Brits are happy with their healthcare.

    3) Lastly, for those who are Trump supporters, I’d be curious as to what SPECIFICALLY Trumpcare will do to help average people. I’m not interested in platitudes about the evils of government, etc. I’m interested in facts, give me something concrete. I want to know what specific proposals are on the table that will help average folks, like you and I, who work hard for our money.

    So far as I’ve seen, Trump and Republican proposals only give tax breaks to the wealthy and ratchets back coverage for the rest of us. Obamacare may have been flawed, but Trumpcare, so far as I’ve seen, will only make things worse.


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