I’ve spent the past two weeks following the coverage of the proposed replacement for Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)known as the American Health Care Act.
When the bill was pulled from the floor on Friday, I read the ‘breaking news’ headlines on my news alert app on my iPhone, and scrolled through countless political satirical memes on Instagram making fun of President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. Although many people, especially Democrats, laughed at the memes and celebrated a “victory” against Trump when the bill was pulled, I let out an agitated sigh.
Although I was in opposition to the bill that was estimated to leave 24 million American without insurance by 2027, I wasn’t elated like many others were when the bill was pulled. I was annoyed that the process had taken place to begin with.
Trump has repeatedly called Obamacare a ‘disaster’ and one of his biggest campaign promises was to immediately repeal and replace it. He was so aggressive in his promise that once he was elected, he was forced to come up with something quickly.
Even after economists noted the millions of people who would be uninsured with the bill and the rise of healthcare costs the bill was still pushed. Why?
It’s all about who wants the credit.
Rather than reforming the Affordable Care Act to work out some of the kinks, Republicans would rather come up with something new that has their name attached to it. This approach has been counterproductive and, frankly, immature.
Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, Republicans adamantly pushed against it and vowed to repeal and replace it as soon as possible. Seven years later, with a Republican controlled Congress and Presidency, the ACA’s replacement wasn’t even voted on.
In the seven years that the bill was complained about, there should’ve been discussion on what the replacement would be and it should’ve already been widely agreed upon. It’s embarrassing to oppose a law for so long only to have a haphazardly constructed replacement that doesn’t make it to the vote.
It would be more effective if both parties actually consulted each other and came to a compromise on policies rather than fighting tit-for-tat for taking sole credibility for a law that greatly benefits the American people. I don’t care which party is the one that comes up with a good law as long as the law is actually put into action.
While I wait to see better healthcare policy in the future, I’m going to keep taking my medicine that is covered by Obamacare for the migraine that this ordeal has given me.