Sunday, December 1, 2013
Affordable Care Act Part Deux
Before I delve into this, let me point out up-front that I honestly believe most Americans want those who don’t have health care to be able to acquire it. With that said, the marketing for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was inadequately promoted.
It’s always easier to Monday morning quarterback, all of us are better informed to analyze anything after what it is we’re analyzing have launched. In my opinion the Administration should have promoted the ACA on the premise as follows:
“This bill is for the over forty million Americans without Health Care, our goal is to fix that. By voting for this bill these people will no longer have to go to the emergency room for a common cold. Those of us who are already covered will probably see a slight increase in our premiums, but in the long run health care coverage will be lower for all of us. We will no longer have to pay for an emergency room visit for those who don’t have health care coverage; just for those reasons alone, the ACA is a good bill.” Like I said, hindsight is always easier to scrutinize.
If the ACA fixes in regards to the enrollment website and other problems people encountered during the roll-out that the President promised to be fixed by November 30th are mostly small fixes, Democrats will pay a political price. What the price will be who knows? What I do know, if people vote for Republicans because of the debacle of the ACA and things go back to status quo; we all will continue to pay higher prices for health care, because we are subsidizing those who can’t afford it. However, it’s hard for me to envision clear thinking Americans voting for Republicans knowing they’re getting nothing in return for their vote.
If the ACA fixes in regards to the enrollment website and other problems people encountered during the roll-out that the President promised to be fixed by November 30th are fixes people can vividly see that are vastly improved; the Administration should stay on track and push to allow the ACA law to morph into perfection.
The latter would be a win for all Americans, including the haters.