Today, the Congressional Budget Office reported that fourteen million fewer Americans would be insured under the American Health Care Act than under the Affordable Care Act in 2018. Let’s dismiss two facts up front. They botched their estimates on Obamacare and they reported full repeal was superior to partial repeal. In other words, it doesn’t matter what their reports support or oppose. If we dismiss the bad, we also have to dismiss the good.
Their report shows that budget deficits will decrease while the number of uninsured increases. It’s like saying if you buy less, you’ll save more. Nobrainer. What their report and most analyses of their report fail to conclude is that the American Health Care Act is a partial measure that doesn’t help the Republicans’ cause because it doesn’t help America’s cause.
The whole idea of proposing “Obamacarelite” was to prevent the dismantling of the Republican majorities in 2018 and 2020. The GOP has always feared being labeled the “bad guys” so they’ve adopted many of the irresponsible practices of the Democrats. It’s like watching two junior high students running for student council. If the Democrats promise to have pink lemonade coming out of the water fountains, the Republicans respond by promising Gatorade. Both concepts fail because they aren’t based in reality. Neither Obamacare nor Ryancare solve economic problems, let alone health care problems.
The GOP is going to suffer tremendously bad PR if they continue down this road. The plan failed. It didn’t unite Republicans. It didn’t convince Democrats. The media is tearing it apart. If they’re going to be demonized over millions losing their health care, they might as well go with full repeal. In both the long- and short-term, doing so will give them the knowledge and ammunition they need to start fixing the problems.
Losing coverage isn’t as bad as we’re being led to believe
The White House and Paul Ryan are now fighting a two-front war. The media and Democrats are always going to be against everything they do, but they’re also facing much opposition from the right. This CBO report doesn’t help them with the former while lending credence to the latter.
Here’s what the White House just sent out:
Obamacare has been a complete failure since the beginning, and things are only getting worse.
Today, President Donald J. Trump held a listening session to hear directly from Americans who have experienced significant hardship as a result of Obamacare’s poor coverage and rising prices.
President Trump wants to hear from hard-working Americans like you. How has Obamacare affected you? Share your Obamacare disaster story.
During the meeting, one woman revealed that she had her health insurance cancelled three times since Obamacare became law. Another attendee had her insurance jump from $17,000 a year to a devastating $52,500 a year for her struggling family, while yet another said her health insurance now costs more than her mortgage.
Obamacare came packaged as the healthcare solution for all Americans. Instead, the country was given hundreds of pages of broken promises.
Millions of hard-working Americans have been impaired by soaring costs, cancelled plans, and overbearing mandates. As one of those innocent Americans, President Trump wants to hear your story about how this disastrous law has affected you and your family.
It appears their line of attack is to point out how bad Obamacare is rather than attempting to defend against people losing health care. It’s the harder road, but one they’ve forced themselves to take. They have a very clear argument about why millions will lose health care and how this isn’t a bad thing, but to make that argument exposes the truth that a full repeal with or without a replacement makes the most sense.
Why wouldn’t they want to do that? Why not point out that millions of people will “lose” coverage because millions of people will not be forced to buy coverage they don’t want? The answer is simple. It highlights evidence that full repeal is superior to their proposal. They don’t want people thinking that if millions will lose their healthcare anyway, why not pull the dagger all the way out? Why simply re-position it?
Things are different now that America has experienced Obamacare. The notion that we can go back to the way things were is untrue. Full repeal will allow things to be better than they were. We’ve learned many lessons from the ACA experiment. Now, the free market is ready to make changes on its own rather than follow the unfortunate lead that DC attempted (and is reattempting) to take.
With full repeal, we kill two birds with one stone. We save money. Lots of it. More importantly, we allow the people to dictate to the market instead of the other way around. When the insurance companies and health care providers are beholden to their customers, they will be forced to offer better products. That’s how competition works. That’s why we need to tear down the false barrier and allow interstate sales of coverage. There will be some who are hurt by full repeal, but that’s when the American people can shine. Communities and charities will step up to assist those who need it. The private sector is much better equipped than the federal government to handle these issues.
Safety nets can be put into place, but that’s as far as the government should get involved in health care. They should be the last line of defense, not the first.
Millions will lose their coverage whether we fully repeal Obamacare or replace it with Ryancare. It’s better to pull out the ACA dagger completely and address the issues that arise rather than trying and failing to mitigate political damage with the AHCA.
Why would the Federalist Party push the GOP to do it right?
Some of our posts and commentaries pushing for full repeal have drawn questions from Federalists. Why would we “help” the opposition by discouraging their damaging actions? Why not just let them pass it and face the consequences come election day?
Our fight is a combination of strategic and patriotic. As a party, we realize that there are times when it’s better to let the other parties stumble rather than offering a helping hand with sound advice. This is not one of those cases. Patriotism must take precedence. Keeping Obamacare or replacing it with Ryancare will help the party in the long-term by exposing the failures of other parties’ policies, but this is an existential problem for America. We can’t afford to continue down this road. Any political gains we make by strategically avoiding this topic or mildly dissenting will be fruitless if the economy collapses before we get enough people in office.
We will be loudly opposing the AHCA just as we loudly opposed the ACA. This is not an issue with which we can play politics. The toll that Obamacare has had on the economy is great and Ryancare will perpetuate the fiscal pain we’re feeling. For America’s sake, the Federalist Party wholeheartedly embraces full repeal that returns health care to its rightful place in the free market. Only then can the people have control.