Sunday, November 9, 2014
There Goes Our Affordable Health Care
The other day I was preparing to sign Kevin up for health insurance, now that he has his green card.I was a bit surprised at how much money he will have to pay in premiums each month, as he is not employed. Then I realized that this is the cost under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.I did a little more research and discovered how much it would be if it weren't for Obamacare. Wow! What a shock!. Don't forget for the past 8 years I was living in a so called third world country that gave free health care to its citizens and to foreigners for $10 per case! Actually the US is the only country in the developed world that doesn't offer free health care.
Researching further on the topic of ACA I realized that as flawed as it may be it gave millions of poor Americans health insurance, who otherwise would not have had any. It is interesting to note that Republican led Red states, for the most part refused to take part in the ACA, thus depriving hundreds of thousand of poor people in their states of any kind of health insurance. This was very depressing. But what was even more depressing was to see that the poor people, without insurance, living in these red states, were either too stupid or too brainwashed to realize that voting Republican will only further deprive them of health insurance.
Then the midterm elections came along and the Republicans beat the Democrats big time. So what is the first thing that the victors, such as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, promise to do? Of course, repeal Obamacare. It is interesting to note that in a number of articles written, when people were asked if they liked Obamacare better or the Affordable Care Act plan better, many if not most replied that they like the Affordable Care Act plan better. That's how intelligent our electorate is! And now the GOP nominated Conservatives on the Supreme Court feel a bit emboldened and have decided to hear more arguments against the ACA. So now there is a very distinct possibility that those poor people living in Red states that do participate in the expansion of medicaid, under the ACA could lose their health insurance. They will have no one to blame except for themselves.
Living abroad I had friends from many different countries in Asia and Europe. Each one of them was amazed and confused over all of the fuss about Obamacare. They were shocked to learn that the US has never provided affordable health care to all of its citizens like the rest of the world. The question back then and now is, what does the Republican party have against allowing poor people to be protected by health insurance? To a person GOP politicians will say they want people to have health insurance, but that Obama's plan doesn't help them at all. To my knowledge the US government, from 1776 until 2010, never passed a law to give affordable health insurance to the American people! So if the Republicans are so willing to give us affordable health care, what the hell were they doing for the past 224 years and what are they doing now?