Nine years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, into law, Americans are still wondering how beneficial that healthcare law has been, especially after congressional Democrats have openly stated that the law was flawed and needed to be fixed.
Republicans have tried to “repeal and replace” the controversial law, but failed to do so during the Obama years, and throughout President Trump’s first two years in office.
But now that Democrats control the U.S. House of Representatives, there is revived hope that the failing healthcare law can be preserved, and possibly expanded.
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) is one of those congressional Democrats who wants to “expand” healthcare access, citing that “millions of Floridians gained access to health care” when the law was implemented.
Mucarsel-Powell is right in asserting that millions of people received coverage under Obamacare, but millions more lost their company-sponsored healthcare after the law’s implementation. The business community realized that it was less expensive for them to pay penalty associated with Obamacare, than provide their employees’ healthcare benefits.
In addition, individuals who did received first time healthcare coverage caused insurance company costs to skyrocket when they sought treatments and tests, costs that were then passed on other consumers in the form of higher premiums.
Many Democrats like Mucarsell-Powell also favor a single-payer, fully government-funded healthcare system. Mucarsel-Powell’s recent support of the “Green New Deal” solidifies her support for a single-payer system.
The Green New Deal calls for all individual healthcare insurance costs to be transferred to the federal government.
Like we said, many other Democrats are signing up for single-payer, including six members of Texas congressional delegation, this according to the Texas Observer.
Democrats Vicente Gonzalez, of McAllen and Filemon Vela, of Brownsville, support the measure, but what about Reps. Joaquin Castro and Henry Cuellar (pictured), who both represent a large Hispanic population?
“I completely support universal health care coverage and look forward to discussions of how we can achieve that goal, including consideration of Medicare for all, a public option, and other proposals.” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D)
“I have been a longtime supporter of innovative public health care initiatives such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Obamacare. I think it’s a good thing to bring all ideas to the table when it comes to health care. However, my priority is fixing the problems that we have with our current system before we look at different alternatives,” Rep. Henry Cuellar said in a statement. “Obamacare has been proven to work on a state level and I believe that with the right tweaks, it will provide the right combination of coverage, access, and affordability nationally.” (Texas Observer)