When a novice senator from Illinois was elected president, he had his aspirations of hope and change. But former Pres. Obama won an election on popularity and smooth talk, not a wealth of knowledge about the economy, business and certainly not health care.
His, perhaps, well-intentioned implementation of a pseudo-socialist national healthcare system had disastrous effects on low-income and middle-income families. Premiums shot up, and those who could not afford the excessive price tags either purchased policies with deductibles they could never cover or pay the penalty on their taxes.
“The DEDUCTIBLE which comes with ObamaCare is so high that it is practically not even usable!” Pres. Trump tweeted. “Hurts families badly.”
Obama leaned on public sentiment and advisors that could craft a popular political package he sold like a used car. The American people should have looked long and hard at the massive Affordable Care Act legislation, but Democrats pushed it to a floor vote without even reading it. As incoming House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi famously said, “You have to pass it to know what’s in it.” Now we know all too well.
While the GOP members of Congress lacked the political will to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pres. Donald J. Trump took a hatchet to it until it finally toppled. The death blow was removing the tax penalty mandated under the law by passing the overriding Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Pres. Trump’s signature legislation has helped create an economic resurgence, and offing Obamacare is icing on the cake.
After a federal judge recently ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional — something we already knew — the president has ramped up his efforts to work across the aisle and create a bipartisan solution. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear an appeal of the Obamacare ruling that will drive a final stake into the heart of a law that has cost Americans dearly.
“We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare! A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!” Pres. Trump tweeted.
There has been talk that the White House Christmas party for members of Congress would be an informal forum to begin bipartisan talks. And with any hope, the Christmas spirit will replace the resist and obstruct mentality of Democrats because the two parties are miles apart on the issue. Liberal leaders are already defaulting to parroting party slogans.
House leader Pelosi reportedly said the ruling “exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans’ all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans’ access to affordable healthcare.”
On the Senate side, Chuck Schumer said, “It’s an awful, awful ruling, and we’re going to fight this tooth and nail, and the first thing we’re going to do when we get back there in the Senate is urge — put a vote on the floor urging an intervention in the case.”
Far-left Democrats are finally realizing that Pres. Trump has outfoxed them at every turn. Even though the GOP couldn’t get their head and their (you know what) wired together to repeal and replace, Pres. Trump is making good on his campaign promise.
While a majority of Americans reportedly have a favorable view of Obamacare, those who do not are the ones with the unaffordable, unusable insurance they were forced to purchase. The liberal president’s healthcare law also caused a massive escalation in premium costs. The well-intentioned Obama created an “unaffordable care act” because he simply lacked the business acumen of Pres. Trump.
“Overall, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) premiums actually decreased 4.6% in the four years before the ACA reforms came into effect (that is, from 2009 to 2013), but increased 46.4% in the first four years under the ACA,” Forbes reported. “Point-of-Service (POS) premiums decreased 14.9% before the ACA and increased a whopping 66.2% afterwards. Premiums for the more common Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans increased 15% in the four years before the ACA, and 66.2% afterwards.”
Liberals can cry “pre-existing conditions” all they want, but the failure was not reigning in drug companies that charge Americans often 10 times what the same medications cost in foreign markets. America had a critical cost illness and Obama put a band-aid on it.
In October 2018, Pres. Trump began to chip away at the anti-American practices by Big Pharma that included gag clauses that prevented pharmacies from telling patients about less expensive drugs. His series of seemingly minor legislative wins and executive orders are cutting the legs out from under greedy drug companies and helping to reverse the trend of fast-rising healthcare costs. Democrats, on the other hand, are hyper-focused on immediate gratification and “Medicare for All” as Crazy Bernie Sanders chants.
The two parties may not be just miles apart, they could be lightyears apart. It could take the U.S. Supreme Court finally ending Obamacare once and for all to bring Democrats to the table to fix the system.
~ Conservative Zone