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Repealing And Replacing Obamacare

“Repeal Obamacare,” was the message we heard repeatedly for 6 years.  Republicans chanted it from the rooftops, Corporate Democrats quietly rubbed their hands menacingly.

Americans were angry because it seemed like their costs were rising.  But what was life like before Obamacare?  And what would it have been today if Obamacare wasn’t there for these past 6 years?

Before Obamacare (Affordable Care Act – ACA), many of these same Americans would simply choose to not have health care, they would often take their chances and hope to avoid sickness.  Many other Americans couldn’t afford it, and those who could afford it were rejected for having a preexisting condition.  Whenever health insurance companies noticed a dip in their profits, or felt the need to boast profits to stimulate investment, they would increase rates and broaden their definition of “preexisting”.  There was a real future there, where slightly elevated cholesterol levels or high blood pressure could have been enough to reject you for health insurance because of your risk for heart disease.  Under Obamacare that was meant to change, but we’ll never know of it’s potential now that the wheels of repeal are set in motion.

We know why people are angry; they are spending money for something they were gambling on before.  They didn’t have insurance and now they do.  But having insurance is a good thing; right?!  Not for everyone it seems.  If you’re curious and asking, “Who is this repeal supposed to help?”  I have some interesting information for you.

When the ACA alone gets repealed, not including the plans for the other social services, the wealthiest 400 families will receive a tax cut worth an average of $7 million each. The middle class will see almost no change in costs. The working class are going to get crushed, and an estimated 30,000 people a year are about to become a statistic on the death tolls. The ones to survive will be deeper in poverty and debt because of hospital, treatment, and prescription bills they can’t afford. Rural hospitals who are under the oath to help those in need, but can’t afford it, will be forced to close.

And wherever there is poverty, there is violence.  We are likely to lose even more than that estimated 30,000 people each year as violence spreads through the increasingly strained working class.  Meanwhile, frustrations mount over the blatant apathy of all Republicans and many corporate Democrats who continue to push this agenda against their better judgement.

Another interesting fact. The largest percentage of benefactors from most social services (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, ACA) are the deeply red states; the same party that’s looking to loot all of them.  For every tax $1 sent to the government, many red states are getting nearly $2 back in social aid right now.  A lot of the “elite” blue states are getting back pennies on the dollar.  It is an insanity that I can’t wrap head around; the states that complain the most about Obamacare are getting the most benefits.  I don’t understand how they continue to get beaten to an inch of their life and told it’s for their own good; and they believe it…  Their lands are getting stolen by Big Oil, their benefits ripped away, their rights retracted, their jobs exported, their sense of purpose is being eroded.  Though the Republican party holds the lion’s share of blame, this is not solely in the hands of the Republican party.  Corporate Democrats have historically been the ones to pull the trigger on some of this nation’s most damning policies.  From NAFTA to War on Drugs and minimum sentencing laws, it was Democrats who made it happen.

I don’t know what I can say or do that would make a difference.  This nation is so far gone and the list of Congress men and women who are trying to hold this together with the people in mind, and not their donors, is shrinking.  When they are gone, there will be nothing left to protect us…  The sad reality is that Obamacare is simply a metaphor, a proxy, for everything that is happening in Congress.  The repeal of Obamacare is a sign of many more rights that will be stripped from Americans; and for what?  So 400 people can make an extra $7 million next year at the cost of your life.  After all the lobbying and donations made to buy influence, this repeal of Obamacare is what the rich call RoI, Return on Investment.  Buying Congress isn’t personal this is business, and if a few thousand people have to die so someone can make a few million dollars, well…  You can’t make an omelette without cracking a few eggs.  That is how they think, with a complete lack of sympathy.

Repealing Obamacare was never about rising costs for the working class, it was about tax breaks for the rich.  If you voted Republican, on the position of repealing Obamacare, you are about to reap what you sowed.