Jamie and Larry Beutler brought clarity and common sense to the debate over the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” They pointed out that our previous health care system may be the best in the world for those in Congress and other fortunate persons who have the money or insurance together with the medical sophistication to access and pay for the best.
But it is an “also ran” for most people when compared with every other industrialized nation’s health care system. Further, it costs nearly twice as much as the next most expensive system in the world, but leaves 30 million citizens without basic health care.
The Republican’s desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act passed just two years ago, even before it is fully operational, is folly. Since they offer no alternative plan, it would take us back to an expensive and unsustainable health care system that leaves out too many of our citizens.
I find this morally outrageous for the richest country on the planet. Furthermore, the CBO estimates that a repeal would increase the national debt by $109 billion over the next 10 years, so the deficit is not an excuse..
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect and will no doubt need fine tuning, including consideration of a single payer option to keep the insurance companies honest. But Social Security and Medicare were improved with time and experience, so let’s not allow the United States to be the only industrialized nation without a health care system for all.