Why Obamacare Needs to be Repealed and not Replaced

Michael Jannis 7/12/2017


On March 21st, 2010, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was passed by the house and three days later signed into law by President Obama. The Affordable Care Act is a law that was introduced by The President to assume control of the healthcare industry in order to heavily regulate it and distribute insurance through a government website. The law promised everybody cheaper and better insurance prices all while being fed the lie, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

         Obamacare is nothing more than a tax on the rich, or the better off, to provide for those who don’t have. Ultimately, Obamacare is socialism at its finest, and most like the socialized health care which is seen from Venezuela all the way to North Korea. Such countries where the government assumes control of the healthcare industry and provides healthcare where it deems necessary. This ends up completely pushing the consumer and the people out of the way. The problem with Obamacare and socialized healthcare is everything; socialism does not work and it has never worked as we have seen throughout history. The difficulty with making healthcare “free” is that it is not actually free, nothing is free, but for some reason, the left thinks that just by declaring something free, it suddenly becomes free. Obamacare did not only make healthcare worse but it did the exact opposite of what it was supposed to do; it actually made health care more expensive and lowered the quality. Some states in the country will see over 110% increase in healthcare costs within the next year and some will see even higher increases thanks to the “Affordable Care Act.”

         Our current President, Trump, wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that he believes will make healthcare affordable. However, as much as I am a fan of our president, I wholeheartedly disagree with him because all he is doing is replacing one system of socialized healthcare with another and re-branding it as Trumpcare. As stated, the problem with socialized healthcare is that it never works and history can confirm such a statement. In fact, it has led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and is now seen collapsing every socialist country all over the world. If the president truly wants to provide the country with cheap and affordable healthcare, he is to do one thing which is to completely pull the government out of the healthcare industry.

         Think about it, how can the government run healthcare when they can’t even run the post office? The government needs to deregulate and stay out of the healthcare industry and out of the insurance industry to allow them to compete. Healthcare is a business and like every other business, the only way for insurance companies to bring down their costs is through competing, not by government control. Forcing companies to compete will force them to fight for customers so they will have no choice but to devise plans that offer the best health plans at the cheapest prices. One might ask, “well, what about people with pre-existing conditions?” and I would respond with this: back during the early 1900's when America was faced with rapid industrial expansion, many factory employees were faced with worker shortages and had no choice but to compete with other factories for labor. As a result, many factories started offering potential employees higher wages, safer working conditions, paid vacation, and pension plans in return for their skilled labor. The same could be applied in the healthcare industry, health insurance providers will have to compete for their customers giving them no choice but to provide the best plans at the cheapest prices.

         Government run healthcare is never the answer, as we see now in Venezuela, which is a communist nation that has heavy government involvement. Socialized healthcare via the government often sees shortages of hospital equipment, medicine, and doctors. We also see this in Canada which has government-run healthcare where patients can be put on a waiting list for years before they are able to get surgery, or even cancer treatment. Such situations attribute to why many Canadians come to America for healthcare reasons. Finally, we should make sure that the president does not replace the current system with another failing one, but instead completely repeals Obamacare and installs a free market for healthcare!

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