Olympian letter writer Ron Czikall wants to return Republicans to power so they can repeal "Obamacare." Republicans agree we need reform, but insist they can do it better. Just how has been a closely guarded secret for the past two years.
Polls have found a majority of Americans are opposed to the health care reform plan, but they support most of the individual provisions of the plan. That contradiction gives Republican’s a tricky assignment.
A majority of Americans want insurance exchanges so they can shop for competitive rates; they believe young people should to be able to remain on their family’s health plan to age 26. They don’t think insurance companies should get away with dropping people when they get sick, denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, denying legitimate claims, and they are overwhelming in favor of a cap on insurance company profits as a means of reining in cost of premiums.
Many people don’t like the mandate that everyone carry health insurance. However, hospital emergency rooms are mandated to provide care to those who can’t pay.
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That cost is shifted to the hospital’s paying patients, which drives up hospital bills and insurance premiums for paying patients. Like it or not, it will cost us, one way or another.
Mandating health insurance for everyone is probably the best way to make health care available to everyone, and to fairly distribute its cost. Unless, of course, Republicans can come up with better ideas.