President Obama’s victory lap for the 7.1 million people who signed up for Obamacare left us with many unanswered questions. How many of the 7.1 million were previously uninsured (main reason for the law) and how many had paid their premiums?
Setting those questions aside, would the Affordable Care Act even have passed if the president had not mislead the American people? The president (constitutional lawyer) told us the individual mandate was not a tax and the typical American family would save $2,500 on their premiums per year. Both untrue.
He told us Obamacare was just like Romneycare. It took 3 years for Governor Romney to bring all parties together to pass his healthcare bill. Obamacare was rammed through Congress in less than a year.
Obama did hold a White House Healthcare Summit. The Republicans offered tort reform (eliminate unnecessary tests) and interstate purchase of health insurance (create competition). Those ideas were ignored.
And, who can forget the infamous statement: “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it” stated by the president over thirty times.
Historically, major legislation has always been passed through honest debate and compromise between parties. That didn’t happen because Obamacare wasn’t primarily about health care for all Americans. It was about winning elections.
With compromise, we could have had a health care bill that was far better than Obamacare, and the turmoil from the law could have been avoided. Millions of Americans wouldn’t have lost their health care coverage or their family/cancer doctor.
Voters should respond in November.