“And it has nearly killed me, twice. It would have killed me, if it weren’t for one thing — Obamacare.”
Obamacare didn’t save you, dear. What saved you is access to health care.
There are plenty of reasons to be suspicious of the GOP’s path forward on this topic. But reality is that the majority of people in both parties now are on board with the concept of mandatory universal care. The question is HOW it will be delivered.
Obamacare is a dead program walking, because it’s construction is so inefficient that it creates a program that, for most, provides care which is still too expensive (due to deductibles) to use, and in way too many instances, cannot be used (due to narrow networks). It may have worked in your case, but it fails to work in far more.
The problem is health care inflation, which has run at double (that’s DOUBLE) the rate of inflation in the economy since the early 1970’s. The ACA claimed that it would change that; it did not. Health care inflation was low during the first few years of the ACA because inflation itself was low; the former is a dependent variable on the latter. Supporters CLAIMED erroneously that the ACA had tamed the beast; we now know that it did not and has not.
Why is this a problem? Because as time goes on, the ACA (or any similar plan that lacks cost controls, like “Medicare for all”) will fail to provide for more and more people at the (a) lower margins, as the cost of care pre-deductable becomes too high to use, and (b) for those make too much to get a government dole to pay for it.
Without cost control features, what “universal system” you pick doesn’t really matter; all you’re doing is rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship. Without cost control, either (a) health care will only be accessible by those white-collar workers with corporate insurance, or (b) the US will have to print up so much money that we’ll head back into the economic morass of 2008 (which we still have yet to fully escape from).
So, before you castigate and blame Trump for what you THINK will happen if he’s elected…..I suggest you consider the fact that when the ACA was passed, the GOP predicted why it would eventually fail……and that they are in the process of being 100% correct in their predictions.
Hope that helps.