American health care is sick, and you’re the Advil for a cancer-sized problem.
Obamacare was billed to “save lives and bring down healthcare costs.” But no matter how many late night hosts tell you this is true, the facts aren’t there. To make it worse, you are paying more because of it.
Consider this: Since the Affordable Care Act went through, the United States death rate has risen! Sure you can point anecdotally to a life saved here or there, but statistically, the result has been a negative.
Guess what else: The cost of health care has risen by $100 billion since 2010. Think about that. If the government is footing the bill, why would Big Pharma, hospitals, and medical device companies lower costs?
By the way, it’s not the government footing the bill, it’s you. Workers have seen an increase in premiums each year since the ACA started. You’ll see a 3 percent increase next year if everything stays the same.
So that’s where we are at. Our solution to the problem is to make you pay more. Why should Democrats care? Their donors get their pockets lined and they get to pretend they’re “saving lives.”
It’s OK, there is hope to help you too. Dr. Trump is in. He’s working on both sides of the aisle to maintain health insurance for those who got it and force a plan to actually bring costs down.
A bipartisan approach to reform
Granted, Trump didn’t come to this conclusion on his own. This is part of a deal.
Throughout the year, Republicans have brought out “Repeal and Replace” bills that have had the same amount of bipartisan support as the ACA: none.
Then, in October, we actually saw the two parties make a move. A bill sponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) reforms part of Obamacare.
The bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will reduce the ACA footprint on the deficit by $3.8 billion. (Every little bit counts, right?)
At the same time, it funds a form of the “cost-sharing reduction” payments to insurers to help with low-income recipients of ACA. That means insurers will be less inclined to raise premiums for the people they insure.
Even if you don’t receive insurance through an ACA exchange, the trickle down will eventually come to you. As it stands right now, employer health insurance costs will rise for employers by 4.3 percent in 2018. (If you don’t think this affects you, there is a certain writer who paid $1,000 more in premiums over the last two years. Guess what, he’s not even middle class.)
The bill comes out and it has easily the best CBO score of any 2017 health care bill. (Also, lets stop using “healthcare” and “health Insurance” synonymously; that’s part of the problem.)
This health insurance bill does the best job at stabilizing the market and trickling into everyone’s pockets.
Dr. Trump’s 2nd opinion
So what does Trump do? Honestly, at first, he blasted the bill. After all, it is a bailout of sorts for the insurance industry. (As if the ACA isn’t a profits bonanza for Big Pharma, hospitals, and medical device companies.)
Then he started moving his tax reform plan into Congress. Guess what? That bill needs both sides of the aisle.
A smart businessman knows where he can compromise to get the best outcome for his company.
When Trump’s advisers looked at the scope of the tax reform bill and the Alexander-Murray bill, they saw a great deal for America. Combined they free up the burden on the tax payers and on the insured.
Just before the Senate voted on the tax bill, Trump signaled he would back Senators Alexander and Murray.
This is a bigger deal than most of the D.C. press corps will let on. You see, this bill has the support to pass in the Senate.
The House is a different story. Vote totals don’t look promising there. The House of Representatives reacts to the immediate feeling of that nation. (That’s why they run every two years, while Senators come up for reelection less often.)
That’s where Trump comes in. The House tends to more closely reflect the electoral map of the United States. If the “Populist President” shows his support for a bill, more representatives will be likely to follow suit. It’s the power of the bully pulpit. (I don’t think that term has had a more literal meaning under a president.)
Here’s the bottom line: The ACA didn’t make health care more affordable. It did the opposite. Health care costs have risen year after year.
Instead, it forced the burden on the insurance companies. Insurance is set up so the people actually shoulder the cost. Guess what? You are the people.
Unless you directly received insurance because of the ACA, or know someone who has, the only things you got from the ACA were higher premiums and co-pays.
No matter what John Oliver or Jimmy Kimmel tells you, there is a fact: Health care costs are a growing cancer on America. They haven’t gone down and people are still dying. The Affordable Care Act is the Advil, not the antidote.
But with a businessman in the White House, the focus will be on what is realistic and affordable for all Americans. This is a step in the right direction.
We’ll have to see the results of Dr. Trump’s follow-up appointments.
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Article last modified on December 22, 2017. Published by Debt.com, LLC . Mobile users may also access the AMP Version: Dr. Trump Will See You Now - AMP.
Article last modified on December 22, 2017. Published by Debt.com, LLC .