Posts Tagged ‘obama care’

The last eight years has been anything but desirable for the Unites States as it addresses the American spirit and cooperation between opposing political, racial and minority groups. We have seen our politicians vote on legislation based solely on partisan politics while protesters take to the streets simply because they do not like who won an election. America has witnessed a specific political party vote against any legislation, regardless of merit, simply because a person of a different party is president. This has taken place under two presidential administrations and the country is tired of it just as the country is becoming weary of groups rioting and destroying under the guise of freedom of speech.
The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, had the welfare of the people at heart when it was developed. It was an entitlement program that would guarantee healthcare for everyone. Like all entitlement programs it has to be funded in one way or the other. Existing revenues that come into the national coffers in the form of taxes can be diverted from existing programs and can then be used to fund the health act. If other programs are not eligible to be defunded, then additional funds from additional taxes can be obtained. If the country has no interest in additional taxes to an already large tax structure then America can borrow money to fund the program. The problem with the tax option is that borrowing money for entitlements has no return on the investment and no revenue is generated by the borrowed money. Our national debt would continue to rise and our children and grandchildren will bear the brunt of bad decisions.
True the form of centralized control, assumptions are made that don’t reflect the common sense nor allows the common man to make decisions. Communism was based on Centralized Control and ultimately failed miserably and led to the fall of the Soviet Union. Obamacare based a large amount of funding on young men and women in America taking mandatory insurance. Instead the youth opted to pay a penalty and not be forced to pay extremely high insurance premiums for insurance that they do not need. This left only the older workers that need insurance to pay for the insurance. The base of people was much smaller than anticipated and the funding suffered. Prices have sky rocketed and in some states the private insurance companies have dropped out of the markets causing distress in these geographical areas.
The Republicans have had seven years to get a plan ready for appealing the current Affordable Care Act. So far, after six months of controlling the entire Executive and Legislative branches of government, the Republicans have had no success in repealing and replacing Obamacare. Congress is in gridlock, America is sick of it and many loyal patriots that we sent to Washington are facing backlash back home. Some is justified but much is not justified; however, the perception of incompetency permeates throughout the country.
Finally, after years of waiting and hoping someone uttered the word that so many have been waiting to hear; “bipartisan participation”. It was stated by a key member of the Republican party that there needs to be bipartisan participation to work through the details to dismember the current Affordable Care Act, insure that key parts of the act remain to protect vulnerable Americans and provide adequate funding in a realistic manner and allow Americans to make decisions for healthcare on their own.
Let us hope that “bipartisan participation” is not only isolated to health care reform. Let us pray that this is the beginning to true collaborations between all political parties and we put the good of the nation at the forefront of future legislation. If this happens we will once again see America shining brightly around the world as the pillar of freedom.

 

One of the planks that Donald Trump ran on for the presidency of the United States was the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.  For many people this replacement was to repeal Obamacare in one swift action.  Last year I had written about the repeal of Obamacare and had noted how this was a huge undertaking and it would truly take a year to get the Affordable Care Act broken apart.  It was also noted that there are good parts to the legislation and these parts should remain in effect.  The rest of the act would need to be uncoupled piece by piece and then recoupled with replacement pieces that will fix what is wrong with the act today.

Soon after Donald Trump took office the replacement of Obamacare began.  The Republicans developed legislation that would start the process to change bad parts of the original act.  It would be the U.S. Congress that would craft the legislation and would then have to pass the bill.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan would have to manage the votes to insure there was adequate voters to approve the new legislation.  President Trump was actively working with members of the House of Representatives to encourage a “yes” vote.  The Democrats had no involvement in developing the legislation and while many criticized the Democrats for their lack of involvement the question needs to be asked about how much input was invited by the Republicans.

By mid-last week it was apparent that there were not enough votes to pass the first part of the Obamacare repeal.  Republicans were splintered.  Certain factions wanted to phase in the breakup and rebuild Obamacare while other factions wanted a total repeal on day one.  The factions that wanted a full repeal did not want to support a partial replacement.  This is unfortunate as there now appears to be a split in the Republican Party that the American citizenship did not want and it was this type of dissention that America desires to see disappear.  It was well understood that no Democrat would vote to appeal any part of Obamacare.

Last Friday President Trump was asked to not call for a vote but instead table the bill and thus prevent even worse consequences for the Republican Party.  Speaker Ryan made the recommendation and this was a stroke of political genius and prevented even more dissention within the party.  Had a vote been cast then names of legislators would be linked to the “no vote” and thus could have led to finger pointing and even some legislators being voted out of office.

Now that the repeal of Obamacare is off the table for a while it is time for the “American” congress to act like a legislative body with the country being the primary focus of congress.  Republicans that are rewriting the proposed legislation must invite the Democrats to the table and request input for the new bill.  All sectors of the Republican party must be in agreement with the bill and a unified party must be involved with the final vote.  Finally, the bill must be presented to the American people prior to the vote and explain what it will do and what it will not do.

President Trump was quick to note that Speaker Ryan had worked ha

 

We have just completed a political election that has been as divisive as any in the history of our great nation.  Part of this decisiveness comes from the contempt between the two political parties.  The other part of this is the introduction of social media and mass communication that accesses millions of Americans instantaneously.  The magnitude of this has never been witnessed to date.  Couple this with a diverse news media that has been diluted across the industry due to new news organizations entering the market and then all of these organizations competing for market share and they then have to sensationalize what they are reporting.

The elections are over so let’s get real with the political rhetoric and see what reality is going to be.  Several points in the election were hallmarks that led to the popularity of Donald Trump but now these points will need to be brought to fruition.

We are going to deport all illegal aliens. I wrote on this about eighteen months ago before President Elect Trump made it a popular part of the election and I still feel the same. There is no practical method to move eleven million people from the United States to their country of record.  Also, they have to be accepted back into those countries so unless we put parachutes on these people and push them out a plane door we have a problem.  Despite these issues the biggest problem is that we need these people.  Whether they are illegal or not, a certain sector of our economy requires their service and to do away with these individuals will hurt our economy.  Instead we need to get rid of those that are trouble to our country; the drug dealers, felons, thieves and murders and if a person has been deported and are back in the country and are captured they need to be incarcerated and not just deported, again.  Those that are here and are providing a genuine service to American Society they need to be provided with work visas, not citizenship, and then they pay taxes and are legal in the country providing to the betterment of the country.

We are going to build a wall along the Mexican border.  There is no way that this is going to be done, at least not a physical wall.  A wall can be built though, but in another way.  Instead of a physical wall for the whole length of the border, the brick and mortar work and be built in high population areas.  The towns and cities along the border are perfect for this.  For the open areas where the traffic can come from all areas we can utilize drones and other electronic surveillance methods.  Those are in our ability to deploy and can be a success and can be a new type of wall.

Abolish Obamacare the day Trump takes office.  Won’t happen.  Obamacare is a major part of our society and while it will be uncoupled and broken apart and rebuilt; eventually it will not happen immediately.  This is going to take a while and while it will be reworked it will not be overnight.  When it is understood the magnitude of work ahead for the medical insurance companies and the bureaucracy created by Obamacare that will need to be broken up, the effort to uncouple the parts of the program will be gigantic.  Also, there are some parts that must be good about the program and these parts need to remain in place.  Revamping the current affordable health care act will happen but it will not happen immediately.

We are about to see what it really takes to accomplish political promises.  While the time to accomplish the political promises may be longer than first thought, it will happen.  We just have to be patient and let it happen.