To The Daily Sun,
"Before repealing Obamacare, don't we need an alternative?" If you are having a heart attack, do you want treatment first or a demand that you lose weight and adopt an exercise program first? Democrat Senator Max Baucus, an Obamacare author, calls Obamacare a "train wreck". You, all of us, are on that imminent train wreck. Should we stop the train wreck or debate alternatives while the train crashes?
Americans were better off before Obamacare. Seventeen of every 20 Americans had health insurance and 100 percent could go to a hospital for good and continually improving treatments. The primary problem was the high cost (although it is hard to imagine something more worth our money than improving longevity and quality of life).
Before Obamacare, different states experimented with different approaches to reducing costs while maintaining quality care and encouraging investments and innovations that improve people's lives. Examples: The Indiana Health Savings Account program was wildly popular and successful. Texas efforts, including tort reform, successfully reduced costs and enticed doctors to Texas.
While Obamacare was being considered in Congress, Republicans proposed these successful approaches and others to make health care more affordable, e.g., allowing people to fully deduct (from income taxes) health insurance premiums and/or buy insurance from states offering different insurance options and lower premiums. But Democrats had enough votes in Congress to reject Republican proposals and force government controlled health care, Obamacare, on the American people.
Obamacare creates another huge and expensive government bureaucracy which will control doctors, hospitals, health insurance companies, and whether we can receive the treatments, e.g., hip replacements or expensive cancer drugs, needed to improve our lives. Obamacare will be funded with money immorally borrowed (without their consent) from subsequent generations.
Obamacare costs and regulations are disastrous for middle income Americans, causing job losses, stifling job creation, and turning millions of good full time jobs into part-time jobs. Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing, some good insurance plans are no longer available and many people are losing their coverage.
Doctors are considering early retirement, and becoming a doctor is less enticing to our most talented students.
Obamacare only covers one more person (18 instead of 17) out of every 20 while it harms those previously insured, reduces the availability of quality medical care, and damages our economy
We can learn from Obamacare's harmful effects and from the successful approaches in Indiana, Texas, and elsewhere to improve America's great health care system. The way to start is to stop spending money on Obamacare.
Sign the petition at DONTFUNDIT.COM. Call, write, or e-mail your Congressmen and Senators and demand that they stop funding Obamacare.