A friend sent me a link to a conservative blog today. Out of politeness, I took a look at it and one of the first posts that I found was a diatribe against what she and her ilk are pleased to call "Obamacare". She ended her post by saying that the Republicans have two years to repeal this socialist monstrosity and the clock is ticking. Tick. Tick. Tick.
She didn't address exactly how the Republicans are to do this. She and other people of her opinion and level of political sophistication seem to think that all John Boehner has to do is wave his magic wand like Harry Potter and everything will go back to the way it was. It will be as if the Health Care Reform Act never happened and that is what these people so desperately want.
Yes, apparently they really do want the health insurance companies once again to be able to kick people off their insurance coverage when they get sick.
They want the insurance companies to be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
They want anyone who is not able to afford coverage under current conditions to have to go to the emergency room for treatment - the most expensive treatment there is.
They want the poor beleagured insurance companies to be able to put a lifetime or annual cap on what they will pay out to their customers.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that passage of the reform bill would reduce the deficit by $138 billion - that's billion with a b - over 10 years, but these repealists would prefer that we add that $138 billion back to the national deficit.
They would also prefer that Medicare Advantage plans continue to receive overpayments in comparison to traditional Medicare.
They do not want parents to be able to keep their children on their health plans until age 26.
They want Medicare recipients on Part D to have to pay 100% of their annual medicine costs after $2700 is spent in a coverage year until they reach $6154 in medicine expenses. That's the infamous "doughnut hole" and that is $3454 out of the sick person's pocket.
They do not want small businesses to get tax credits to help them provide coverage for their workers.
Well, there is lots more in a similar vein that these misguided people would ram down the throats (to use one of their favorite phrases) of sick and helpless Americans. My question to them is, why do you hate your fellow citizens so much?
The truth is that most of the people out there demanding repeal of the law don't even know what is in it. They know what their fearless leaders like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh have told them and so they are up in arms and in full-throated cry against this "socialist, fascist" law. Once again foolish people have been persuaded by lies from liars to inveigh against their own public and personal interests.
Disgusting. There must be a special room in hell for people who mislead others in this way for their own political advantage.