Health Care18 January 2017

Notes from Norm: Coming to the Rescue of Americans’ Health Care

In November 2013, 39 House Democrats in Congress joined with Republicans to pass the “Keep Your Health Plan Act”, which passed 261 to 157.

The legislation allowed Americans to stay on any plan, and enroll in others that didn’t meet minimum requirements set by ObamaCare.

Of course, those 39 Democrats were well aware of the coming political collapse that would threaten their re-election chances.

President Obama, shortly before the vote, had announced an Executive Order that allowed individuals to keep their own health care plans but only for another year.

Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to take up the bill, and President Obama threatened to veto it even if it passed both bodies of Congress.

Despite losing control of both bodies of Congress due, in large part, to their unwillingness to address the failures of ObamaCare, Democrats have now decided to take another tack when it comes to the failed health care law.

Instead of stepping forward to replace a broken health care law that has failed to live up to nearly any of the promises of the President who conceived it, and Democratic majorities that forced through its implementation, Democrats are refusing to be a part of the solution.

Once again following the foolhardy lead of President Obama, Democrats have decided to sit on the sidelines, throwing rocks at Republicans seeking to replace ObamaCare with something that actually works for Americans.

According to multiple media sources, including CNN, Obama stood before House and Senate Democrats and urged them not to “rescue” Republicans by helping them pass replacement measures…”

Sadly, the President and Democrats who continue to do his bidding, have little interest in coming to the “rescue” of the American people.

But there may still be hope, no matter how slight, that Democrats, or at least some number of them, may choose to be a part of the solution rather than the problem.

It may take the beginning of a new Congress, and a new President, that prods Democrats to be at the table with Republicans finding a way forward.

A way forward that preserves those elements of ObamaCare where both parties had found common ground long before Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid decided to shove through a health care plan without a single Republican vote.

Common ground that preserves coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and allows children up to the age of 26 to remain under their parent’s health care plans.
Despite the hysteria of the press, whipped up further into a frenzy by recalcitrant Democrats, Republicans aren’t seeking to repeal ObamaCare without a solution ready to be take its place.

On the contrary, Republicans are prepared to implement policies that will create more competition in the marketplace – allow for the purchase of health insurance across state lines – and permit small business to form insurance pools to compete for lower prices.

What is it, then, that Democrats and the press that echoes their cries of defiance actually oppose about Republicans intentions to repeal ObamaCare?

It is their passion for a government-run health care plan where government makes the decisions and choices about when, where and how health care will be delivered.

Remember it wasn’t Republicans who made the false promise that you could keep your doctor.  And, you could keep your health care plan if you liked it.

That was Democrats and President Obama.

What have Republicans promised?

More transparency in price.  Strengthening Medicare.  Providing tax credits to those who don’t have employer coverage.  Malpractice reforms.

And, putting families and doctors in charge of their health care by providing more flexibility and eliminating expensive mandates.

Sounds absolutely horrible.

Unless of course you are an American who has suffered under ObamaCare.

Or the American taxpayer who has been buffeted by the chaos and collapse of the false economic model upon which ObamaCare was constructed.

In the days and weeks ahead as the GOP Senate and House move forward, along with President Donald Trump, to repeal and replace ObamaCare with something that works, be prepared for more hysteria, misinformation and outright falsehoods.

Republicans didn’t get elected to make health care more difficult for Americans to obtain.

They were elected to repeal ObamaCare to make health care more accessible, and affordable, for all Americans.

That’s a “rescue” plan for the American people that Republicans and Democrats ought to get behind.