Jack Shearing (3/20/17)
Paul Ryan’s “American Health Care Act” is not the solution to Obama’s healthcare nightmare. Signing on-board with it may have even been Trump’s biggest mistake. The big problem with the Bill is that compared to Obamacare – Healthcare premiums would INCREASE! And this is especially true for older Americans!
While Ted Cruz may not be the smartest conservative holding a senate seat, he isn’t the dumbest either. That’s Lindsay Graham. No, Cruz actually knows a thing or two about what’s important to American tax-payers: Money. And Obamacare has been sapping their wallets long enough. He said yesterday during a press conference, “The test of success will be a year from now, two years from now, three years from now: Is health care more affordable?” He continues to say, “We need to fix the problems and, in particular, we need real reform that drives down the cost of premiums so that health care is more affordable.”
Republicans have full control of government and they’ve gotten this power on the back of a promise to repeal Obamacare. They have the House, Senate and the Oval Office. But still haven’t acted after two months of arguments and filibusters. The gridlock comes from turmoil in the Republican party over Speaker Ryan’s plan; while it gives Americans more choice in the choice of insurance it also threatens to raise premiums even further. Continuing to drain hard working Americans of their money and access to quality healthcare.
But the big question of everyone’s mind is “How long until Obamacare is repealed?” Republicans argue that the reason it’s being delayed is that repealing Obamacare could leave some Americans without coverage. It’s a multifaceted issue with that holds the wallets and lives of American tax-payers in its grips, so haste may not be the best choice when compared the slow bureaucracy of government on this issue. Whatever the case, Cruz is right. In 2018 congress will go through another changing of the guard and if the Republicans haven’t acted by then… They’re going to have a lot of explaining to do.
To quote the senator himself, “Failure is not an option. If Republicans take this opportunity and blow it, we will rightly be considered a laughing stock.” Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that: for all of our sake.