The GOP repeal and replace mantra has been shown as a campaign slogan and nothing more. After 8 years of vowing to repeal the ACA, the party in charge of all the levers of power in Washington D.C. has shown that they cannot be a governing party. The United States Senate could not come up with 50 votes to eliminates millions of people off the insurance rolls. And I believe that is a good thing. I want people to be able to live a decent life after encountering a medical calamity. In fact, I can see a future where the United States of America becomes a county with universal healthcare.
Let’s look at the reason why repeal and replace failed. There were three GOP senators that decided that it was not in their constituent’s best interests for some of them to lose coverage. That and the $770 Billion cut in Medicaid also influenced hearts and minds. Those three senators have said that we need to know the costs of healthcare up front, not after everything is said and done. Because there are costs that will be attached to everyone if you have more people having to use Emergency Rooms for standard healthcare. It comes in the high cost of medical procedures, it comes in the cost of drugs, it comes in the cost of just being seen by medical professionals. That is the backside cost of people not being able to afford healthcare.
That backside cost is why I believe that universal healthcare is coming to America. Not this year or the next, but it is coming. The attitudes of the younger generations have healthcare as something that everyone has a right to. I don’t know if it is singlepayer, because you will have to raise taxes in order for that to happen. But eventually, even those people who believe in guns, girls, and freedom will relent to having socialized healthcare because the free market healthcare that we have been enjoying doesn’t make sense. We have insurance companies making the largest profits in their history, but yet claiming that they need to pull out of the healthcare exchanges because of the costs associated with it. Could it be that the reason they want the healthcare system to collapse is because there has been regulation on the rates hikes that they have had to adhere to in order to stay in the exchanges.
In my ideal world, the parties represented in Washington D.C., would figure out how to get everybody covered by either health insurance or covered by one big exchange that is run by the federal government. Yes, the government isn’t the best organization to keep running things smooth, just look at the past results. However, we have seen that a market solution to healthcare doesn’t work. Something needs to be done to fix the ACA or a new framework needs to be worked out that is palatable to both sides of this debate. Otherwise, this just becomes another thing to argue about for the foreseeable future.