The Affordable Care Act is officially an oxymoron with rising premiums and deductibles. To make matters worse, the ACA (Obamacare) is being abandoned by insurance providers leaving much of the country without any private insurance options. Perhaps this was the Dems goal from the onset; with private insurers disappearing we could be forced to become a single-payer, government-controlled healthcare system. We need only look to our north at the Canadian National Healthcare System or to Britain for their government-run healthcare to see the disastrous way these systems operate. Medical care is rationed under such a system and there are real “death panels.” The prime example of rationed care is Charlie Gard. Little Charlie is the British infant who was “sentenced to death” by a judge because there was no simple cure for his genetic illness. The British system will not allow the parents to seek treatment in the U.S. or permit him to die at home. Judges should not be executioners; such a system could be used to eliminate political rivals or other “undesirables.”
Those within the Democratic party who are pushing for a single-payer system will have their own separate healthcare. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other socialists will not be covered under a government-run system. Politicians, Hollywood elites and Silicon Valley will have their own healthcare system with every perk imaginable. The average citizen, on the other hand, will wait months for appointments and years for surgical procedures. The extensive Medicaid expansion under Obamacare was “socialized medicine light” and it is ballooning our federal deficit. Full blown socialized medicine is a catastrophe, both medically and economically.
Republicans are attempting to pass a “patch” for Obamacare under the guise of reconciliation. This prevents a bill pertaining to budget measures from being stalled by endless filibustering and can pass with a simple majority vote. It appears that Senators Rand Paul and Susan Collins will not find any bill to their liking. Therefore the Republican Senate can not afford a single additional defection. We live in an imperfect world and there will never be a perfect piece of legislation. I’m sure our founding fathers were not all pleased with the Constitution but it has served us well for hundreds of years. Food, water and basic healthcare are essential human needs and if Congress fails to provide for the later, they will suffer the consequences.