Obamacare Republican Problem

Posted on January 19, 2017

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Republicans are in the majority and got what they asked for, the opportunity to repeal Obamacare.

For over seven years Republican congressmen have failed to give any good reason why the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) needs to be repealed. The reasons they provide fail to explain why repeal is appropriate, rather than targeted fixes.

A more honest “reality check” would have noted that Republican opposition to the law was originally rooted in a plan to deny the president any cooperation so as to hand him a political defeat, and that repeal is the best way to roll back billions of dollars in high-income taxes on the rich, that have significantly paid for expanded access to insurance and health care. In addition  Republicans want to reduce the tax rate on the rich. How will this work while paying for health care for the poor?

In short, insistence on repeal is driven by both petulance and a desire to reduce federal contributions to health care. A repeal of Obamacare would put over 30 million without health insurance. This is a problem for Republicans.

Without the tax money from the rich, the simple reality is that Republican proposals to replace Obamacare will never provide as much health care coverage as the current system.

 

 

 

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