As the full implementation of Obamacare inches ever closer, more Americans are now oppose the law than support it.
In a recent CNN poll, 54 percent said that they oppose the Affordable Care Act while only 43 percent said that they support the law.
For most, there are various aspects of the law that are appealing while there are other aspects of the law that people simply do not like.
Most people agree with making it illegal for insurance companies to either deny coverage or engage in price discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.
Most also agree that charging women more than men for health insurance is a form of discrimination that should be made illegal.
Most agree with letting children stay on their parents insurance up to the age of 25.
Most dislike being forced to purchase health insurance or be handed a fine by the IRS.
Many are also beginning to realize that their working hours could cut because employers do not want to provide insurance benefits to full time workers.
And many are also beginning to see their insurance premiums increase because of Obamacare. After all, insurance companies are in the business of making a profit and if they are being forced to cover people with pre-existing conditions, charge women under the same pricing as men, etc. then they obviously have to raise their premiums to keep their current profit margin.
But, whether you agree or disagree with the Obamacare as a whole, most would agree that we are in desperate need of a complete overhaul of our current healthcare system.
Americans currently pay twice as much on healthcare as the next highest spending nation in the world while ranking 37th in the world in level of care.
In a 2006 study, the United States was number 1 in terms of health care spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy.
An estimated 27,000 Americans die each year from preventable illnesses due to a lack of coverage/care.
Yes, you did read that last sentence correctly. We are having congressional hearings over four people killed in Benghazi while 27,000 Americans are being killed by our own healthcare system right here in America…talk about having our priorities completely out of whack.
The American healthcare system is clearly broken and needs to be fixed.
And needless to say the Republican Party is adamantly against Obamacare – heck, they have now voted 37 times to repeal the law.
But, the main issue for the Republican Party on this matter is that in order to truly get people on board with repealing Obamacare, they must first offer a viable solution for fixing our healthcare system.
One of Mitt Romney’s key phrases during last year’s election was the he would “repeal and replace” Obamacare.
But the big question that no one ever really received an answer to was – replace it with what?
Romney’s outline for the future direction of the American healthcare system was essentially the keep the system as is, which is of course simply not an option based on the state of our current system.
The Republican Party as a whole has also offered very few, if any, ideas as to how they would change our healthcare system if they were to repeal Obamacare.
This is the main reason why people may be against Obamacare as a whole but are also not all that keen on repealing the law and handing republicans the power to replace. They simply have no idea what republicans would replace Obamacare with, or if they’d even replace it with anything at all.
A lot of people may want a new car, but they certainly aren’t going to just toss away their current car without even knowing anything about the new car they will be getting.
In order for republicans to truly make headway in the whole healthcare debate, they will need to do two things:
1) Clearly outline a legitimate alternative to Obamacare that fixes our current healthcare system mess.
2) Convey this plan in a manner that ordinary people can actually understand
Simply wasting taxpayer money by voting to repeal Obamacare 37 times and walking around talking about “repealing and replacing” the law is not an option for the GOP.
The GOP will need to come up with a legitimate alternative to Obamacare if they truly want people to get behind them on healthcare…and simply leaving the system as is not an option in the eyes of most Americans.
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