This is a classic left-right brawl. President Obama and the Democrats wanted to provide healthcare to Americans who couldn’t or wouldn’t pay for it. Republicans and President Trump don’t want to do that. So, the battle lines have been drawn. Here are the facts:
- Eighty one percent of those with Obamacare will receive government assistance in 2017.
- Some people will have their entire healthcare premium paid for by the government.
- Obamacare cost American taxpayers $100 billion in 2016.
That’s the essence of Obamacare. All Americans are forced to buy health insurance so that the have-nots can be subsidized and covered by the haves. It’s estimated that since Obamacare has been passed, thirteen million people have health insurance who did not have it before.
Enter President Trump. He says that Obamacare costs way too much and is a disaster in every way. So the Republicans will put forth a new national health care plan. This one won’t order you to buy health insurance.
If you don’t buy it, your option will be to go to the emergency room and get treated. If you can’t pay, the taxpayer picks it up just like the old days. If you can’t afford health insurance premiums, the Republicans want the states to handle it through Medicaid. President Trump and his acolytes essentially want out of the healthcare business. They’d send federal money to the individual states so they can handle it. But Medicaid tax dollars will be capped.
Liberals don’t want that at all. They want the feds to dictate health insurance costs along with who gets it free or subsidized. That’s essentially where we are.
The key question for you (the American people) is, will your healthcare premiums go up or down once when Obamacare is history? Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office said that under the GOP plan, the feds would spend about $337 billion less subsidizing healthcare over the next ten years. But about twenty one million more Americans will not have health insurance by the year 2020. Again, that would mostly be their own choice not to have insurance. The Congressional Budget Office doesn’t know what might happen if insurance companies are allowed to compete nationwide, which they can’t do now. Will that drive premiums down? That’s the hope on the Trump side.
But not on the left: Senator Bernie Sanders is angry because the GOP healthcare plan knocks out an Obamacare payroll tax and a tax on investment income. Sanders says that gives money to the rich people. That’s always the argument from the left. The left argues that any tax breaks, especially on investment income, helps the wealthy. But the Trump administration has promised to lower taxes. Their healthcare plan does that. It’s simply impossible for you (the American consumer) to know what is real and what is fake in this Obamacare debate.
Summing up, liberals want a big entitlement culture. Some uber-conservatives want few, if any, entitlements. While more moderate conservatives want the states to handle healthcare entitlements with limits.