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Can GOP Put Humpty Dumpty Healthcare Together Again?

Can GOP Put Humpty Dumpty Healthcare Together Again?

Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on February 5, 2015, in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Thursday, 02 March 2017 04:48 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In politics, sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint who threw the first punch or started the trouble. In the case of America’s health care mess, it is rather easy. While health care was not perfect before Obama, for those who had insurance, it was not too bad. The Democrats, under Obama, decided to dismantle the entire American health care system and begin again. A massive chunk of the economy was disrupted and many Americans had their reasonably good insurance replaced by something worse. On the positive side, a much smaller percentage of Americans (and some illegal immigrants) benefited from the new health care insurance. What we know now is that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) failed; it delivered a mess to the preponderance of Americans, and for the majority, it was not affordable.

Now the Republicans are attempting to fix the mess. It is much like if the Democrats knocked Humpty Dumpty off the wall, and somehow the Republicans have to put Humpty Dumpty back together again in an improved form.

The task of repairing health care would be enormous enough, but it is worse because the Democrats, as usual, over promised when they enacted Obamacare. There was never any obvious method to pay for Obamacare. The financing was based on lies and pie-in-the-sky speculation about cost and funding. Under Obama, the American debt doubled, in part because of Obamacare, from about 10 trillion to 20 trillion, and this was from the candidate of 2008, Obama, who criticized the national debt Bush had caused. Upon reflection, does any reader see the dishonesty and hypocrisy of what Obama said on the campaign trail?

Now, even if Obamacare is repealed, no one is talking about a health care system that does not include health care insurance for the entire population. The Democrats have won! And having all Americans with insurance will be wonderful, if it can be paid for.

Without dismantling America’s defenses and almost everything else, insurance based health care will be very difficult to pay for, particularly because of the roughly fifty percent of the population either unemployed or struggling. Few politicians are articulating this truth — at least in public.

The political malpractice occurred when the Democrats determined in 2008-09 to dismantle the nation’s health care system. The Democrats could have legislated some measures to achieve a part of their goals without uprooting everything, but they wanted to swallow the whole enchilada.

This is the lesson. Political officials should exercise restraint not to develop new policies that are too far from the norm. Obamacare was extreme. This lesson should apply even if a party has a majority and control of the government. Obamacare was simply too much for the nation to pay for and to swallow. This radical policy that thrust the nation into turmoil was the result of one presidential election, 2008. No political party or officials should have this much hubris to do this much because of one presidential election — a matter of monumental Democratic hutzpah.

The next lesson to learn is: if you pass extreme laws, most likely you will get voted out of office, and then the other party will be obliged, when elected, to right the ship, fix the mess, and shift the policies back more than if there had never been extreme policies passed to begin with.

Before the reader concludes the above analysis implies Republicans should now gently apply moderate adjustments to the policies of last eight years, the issue requires a bit more explanation. Under Obama there was an extreme policy swing. In the last presidential election, 2016, the people spoke, and to get back to middle policies that are responsible, requires much more than a mild adjustment. And it is the Democratic Party’s fault because it swung so far to the extreme left based on one presidential election. And to mask these extreme policies of Obama, the Democratic controlled Senate even blocked the practice of an annual budget.

The wide policy swings cause society to pay a massive price to adjust back and forth, and in this case the Democrats are to blame.

A million dollar question is how much health care the nation can afford for those Americans who had no health insurance before Obamacare. One constraint is a certainty: America cannot go another ten trillion dollars in debt as it did under Obama.

John Havick has a Ph.D. in political science. He was a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology for many years, authored several books and a number of articles, including the widely cited "The Impact of the Internet on a Television-Based Society." His work has appeared in The New York Times, and his recent book, "The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan Boys and the First Daytona 500," is available at ghostsofnascar.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The Democrats, under Obama, decided to dismantle the entire American health care system and begin again. A massive chunk of the economy was disrupted and many Americans had their reasonably good insurance replaced by something worse.
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Thursday, 02 March 2017 04:48 PM
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