The Repeal of Obamacare

Posted by root | 27 Jan, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal Obamacare, and now the measure makes its way to the U.S. Senate. The debate should continue here. Senate Democrats should not block a full debate of the issue.

When Obamacare was forced through the legislative process, proponents did not provide for sufficient debate. Rather, the measure was pushed through with the arrogance befitting a dictator. The President and his cohorts, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, moved forward knowing they had the votes and that input from others, in this case Republicans, was an unnecessary obstruction. This was the wrong approach and only points out what is wrong with the Washington process.

Reports say that over 700 exceptions have been granted to Obamacare, dispensations granted to unions, corporate interests, and insurers from having to fully comply with the federal takeover of health care in America. In addition, reports say that four states, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee, have also been granted waivers from Obamacare.

If you have any doubt that a government program doesn’t work or won’t work, simply look at the unreasonable exceptions and waivers that are granted. When you start seeing these, you know that the policy is bad and needs to be changed. That is what Obamacare is, a federal policy that needs to be repealed and replaced with a common sense approach not a new federal bureaucracy.

Republican House members have announced that they will begin a series of hearings to determine the best method to improve health care in America. A number of ideas will likely work and give the American people the protection they deserve while maintaining the right of all Americans to make their own health care decisions with the counsel of their doctors.

Ideas such as no pre-existing condition as a bar to coverage can be easily attained. Carrying students until the age of 26 on their parents’ health insurance policy is a no-brainer. The ability to purchase health insurance across state lines will bring more competition and competition is good. And making sure that health insurance is affordable to those who want coverage but don’t have access to group policies or group rates by rewarding those with health insurance and not rewarding those without it.

Requiring that individuals carry insurance is the great problem and the backbone of Obamacare. And this mandatory coverage is what irritates so many Americans. This is a valid concern that points out that the federal government should not be in the business of forcing people to make good decisions. If an individual doesn’t want health insurance then so be it. But that individual will have to live with the consequences which are extraordinarily expensive costs that come without coverage. Being responsible is a personal choice. Being irresponsible is also a personal choice albeit a bad choice.

It is up to the Republicans now to show leadership. With leadership will come the job of solving other problems and the responsibility to put America on the right path. Without responsible leadership the politics of the past will be repeated and the American people will be the losers.