Alternative Reality: Repeal Obamacare?
After a century of America trying to get a universal healthcare plan, it came down to a Supreme Court decision to allow it to go through. What a surprise to conservatives when Chief Justice John Roberts voted to go along with the Obama administration. Now, the Republicans want to send it back to Congress to appeal the decision just two years after the Democratics passed the law. What will happen if the repeal goes through? Can they Repeal Obamacare? Here are some possible outcomes.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Affordable Healthcare Act should save the people of the United States $210 billion over the next ten years. This is expected to exceed $1 trillion by 2030. However, the CBO warns, that if the Republicans succeed in repealing this act, then it WILL COST the deficit by an additional $230 billion.
NO REPEAL AND REPLACE
As shouted by Rush Limbaugh, the Republican congress should “repeal and not replace” the healthcare bill. If the Republicans follow Rush, they should have no plan to do anything about the health care of people in the United States. With thirty million people without health care, we’re just going to forget about them. For right now, there is hope on the horizon. People have a right to health that they haven’t always had. Tomorrow, if the Congress follows Rush Limbaugh’s claim, they will be back to nothing.
LOSS OF POTENTIAL US JOBS
In 2010, the Center for American Progress reported that the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) would create about four million jobs over the next decade. This will be a direct effect of lowering health care costs so businesses can afford to hire more people. These jobs will not only be in the public sector, either. They estimate more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs and 900,000 service jobs will be created by 2016. Why would Republican lawmakers want to see jobs taken away from the American people?
REPEAL BETTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS?
You hear a lot of chatter that this will ruin small businesses and cause them to fire more people. Is this true? Small businesses are already receiving tax credits found in the law to insure their employees. Additionally, the law has already offered more than $4.7 billion in reinsurance payments to companies that are offering health care to retired employees that are too young for Medicare. Should this just end?
REPEAL WILL TAKE AWAY CURRENT BENEFITS
Sometimes we’re too busy as Americans to realize some of the benefits Obamacare has already done for our citizens since it was signed into law more than two years ago. “This is probably the most transformative period I’ve lived through,” says Dr. David Longworth, chairman of the Medicine Institute at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, who heads teams making the health-care changes there. Doctors, insurers, and hospitals have been preparing for a reshaped market for covering the 30 million people that will be affected by this bill. But what about the rest of us? Here are a few points of what it has already done:
Over two million young adults up to the age of 26 have received health insurance through their parent’s policies.
Over five million seniors and people with disabilities have saved more than $3 billion on prescription drug costs. (Source: Department of Health and Human Services)
You can no longer be denied insurance for “pre-existing conditions”.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Medicare is already starting to save money because of the incentives put in place. Because of this, Medicare will be able to survive for Americans who have already paid into the safety net. This is in direct conflict with what Conservatives are stating.