WASHINGTON, July 11, 2012 — Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, not a piece of it, but all of it and they have tried to repeal it over 30 times in the last two years. Today they did so once more, voting 244 to 185 to tank it. However, the repeal will go nowhere in the Democratic Senate since they won’t consider it, and President Obama has the mighty veto pen, even if it did.
So basically the repeal is Dead On Arrival, but that didn’t stop Republicans from thumping their chests and grandstanding on the floor of Congress without offering a substitute plan of their own. Again.
Even GOP nominee Mitt Romney wants to repeal Obamacare on Day One if he’s elected president. Republicans running for office across the country are making the repeal of Obamacare the cornerstone of their campaigns. They are hoping Obamacare is the kiss of death for Democrats.
Yet all of this is in the face of polls that show it to be a bad idea for Republicans. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation even found that 51% of Independents say the GOP needs to move onto more pressing national problems — like creating jobs — and stop trying to repeal health care reform.
So what is wrong with the GOP? Has the heat wave scorched their brains? Are they delusional? Or is the GOP suicidal?
A quick look at all the good that has happened under Obamacare, and that will happen even faster now thanks to the Supreme Court upholding its constitutionality, shows that millions of people are already benefitting from health care reform. And the closer Americans look at Obamacare, getting beyond the word Obamacare, the more they like what they see. And no wonder.
Americans Are Already on the Path to Better Health:
1. Americans will receive rebates next month from most insurance companies, those that violated the terms of Obamacare and took too much in administrative fees and CEO pay. Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski estimated the average Maryland household will get a rebate in August of about $340, coming as a check or a reduction in premiums or a reimbursement on your credit card. Check with your senator to see what your rebate will be.
2. 86 million people now have access to free preventive care, such as cancer screenings, wellness check-up exams, and flu shots. Imagine how healthy that makes all of us.
3. 20.4 million women who currently have private insurance can now receive free mammograms and pap smears, the two biggest ways to detect early signs of cancer and thus save countless lives. An added bonus is that insurance companies cannot charge women more than men.
4. 3.11 million young people now have health insurance under Obamacare allowing them to stay on their parents’ plans till they are 26. This helps families who usually are the ones that end up paying for their kids’ insurance. Plus it helps small businesses, which can better afford to hire these young employees without the added burden of insurance.
5. By 2014, adults who suffer from diabetes, cancer or asthma cannot be denied insurance because of these pre-existing conditions. Under Obamacare, children are already protected from insurance companies denying them coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Again lives are saved and people have a fighting chance against ravaging diseases.
6. With the donut hole in Medicare closed and prescription drugs costing less for seniors, older Americans will save an average of $600 a year. That is no small change for people on limited income.
7. With state exchanges now being set up – and many are ready to go – the average American family buying its insurance through these exchanges will see savings up to $2,300 a year.
And as a bonus for all of us, insurance companies can no longer cancel your policy, put a cap on it, or deny you coverage. All thanks to Obamacare.
So why do the Republicans want to unravel health care and make us all sicker while making the insurance companies richer? That’s the million-dollar question.
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