Like passengers complaining about leaving a sinking ship, some citizens in the middle of our nation's health care debate fear dire consequences of Obamacare being taken away.
It took a listening session with
Because Obamacare is failing.
Or has failed, to use the past tense in a
But on Monday the Trump administration heard stories from the front lines. Overwhelmed Americans sat with the president to tell him, and remind the media, what the Orwellian-named Affordable Care Act wrought after being signed into law in 2010.
"Our rates are three times what they were before Obamacare started. We have one provider in the county," said
Closer to home is
"It's been hard," Ivey said. "It's almost put our family into financial ruin."
Multiply stories such as these into the millions and you'll begin to detect the full scope of Obamacare's failure.
Who else remembers how Obamacare fared with the public in 2014? A whopping 82 percent of respondents in a Rasmussen poll said Obamacare needed to be either improved or repealed.
And despite the furious liberal spin, love for Obamacare has not drastically skyrocketed. An
How many said Obamacare is "working well the way it is"? Four percent.
Apparently amnesia is one of the ailments that can't be treated under Obamacare. How else can America's collective forgetfulness be explained? From its clunky rollout with its website mishaps to premiums climbing more than 20 percent this year alone (so far), it's been a front-to-back disaster.
"It wasn't flexible enough so that people could buy as much coverage as they wanted and could afford -- not what the government dictated."
"Obamacare failed because the penalties for going uncovered are too low when stacked against its skyrocketing premium costs." A lot of people drew this conclusion almost simultaneously. Just one example: A 2015 analysis conducted by the consulting firm
"Obamacare failed because it allowed Americans to sign up after they got sick and needed help paying all those medical bills." The very idea of insurance is to protect against something that might happen. Being allowed to sign up for Obamacare -- to borrow a common comparison -- is like being allowed to sign up for auto insurance after totaling your car. Permitting that rubs out the legitimate incentive to buy insurance and overwhelms the system.
"Obamacare failed because it hasn't tamed
It took years for the current government system to corkscrew American health care into the hole it's in. Extracting it and changing it for the better clearly is going to take time.
That's why we urge Republican leaders not to ramrod a hastily assembled plan through
Paul sees enough components in the
Everyone appreciates the intent of covering pre-existing conditions. But as Paul told
Paul urges his fellow lawmakers to look at the advantages of group insurance-buying -- and to the free-market competition and choice that is the hallmark of our capitalistic system.
"We have to believe in what made our country great," he says.
The legendary pollster and campaign strategist
They'd own this one.
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