The fiasco surrounding the collapse of the Trump administration’s attempt to replace “Obamacare” was caused by the fact that the now withdrawn legislation was ill-thought out and not substantially different from the rules it was going to supposedly replace.
In the rush to “repeal” Obamacare, no genuine thought was given to the measures really necessary to “fix” the healthcare system in general—mainly because the system is so broken that it, and the way the U.S. economy is run, and the racial makeup of that society, needs more than a “fix” but actually a complete overhaul.
Firstly, it is untrue—as many leftists still claim—that the poorest in America were without healthcare, even before Obamacare. Those who genuinely could not afford healthcare could always get what was called “Medicaid.”
The official definition of Medicaid is that it is a “joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources.”
In addition, another program called “Medicare” provides a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, and certain younger people with disabilities.
In other words, there was always healthcare provided in America for people who could not genuinely pay for it themselves.
This service has, of course, become increasingly financially onerous on the taxpayers as the Third World element of the U.S. population has become more numerous. All the statistics show that there are three groups who draw the most from the entire welfare system while putting the least back in by way of tax revenue: blacks, and the legal and illegal Third World immigrant population.
“Obamacare,” or, as it is properly called, the Affordable Care Act, was supposed to provide “more Americans with access to affordable health insurance.” What this actually meant was that the taxpaying element of the population—which is overwhelmingly white—would be called upon to subsidize the premiums for privately provided healthcare for the “poorest” element of the population.
It is hardly necessary to point out who this “poorest” element of the population is.
As pointed out earlier, all that Obamacare actually does is obligate all working individuals to take out compulsory medical insurance—with private companies—to pay for health services.
Obamacare is not, as many still believe, “socialized healthcare,” but is in fact state-enforced capitalism.
Refusal to take part in this state-enforced capitalism is punishable by fines and other penalties—and contributors are expected to cross-subsidize those who cannot afford to pay, such as “immigrants,” and illegal aliens.
As a result, premiums charged by these private companies have sky-rocketed—because they are out to make a profit. As the unaffordability of the system becomes obvious, more and more of the healthcare insurers have dropped out of the market, leading to the inevitable crisis Obamacare now faces.
As pointed out in an editorial in the Investor’s Business Daily, the “decision to pull the American Health Care Act from the House floor because it lacked enough votes to pass was a culmination of months of bad decisions, poor planning, and terrible messaging by the GOP leadership in the House.”
The Investor’s Business Daily editorial accurately summed up the problem with last week’s so-called “replacement” bill as follows:
[U.S. House Leader and main architect of the bill, Paul] Ryan’s team repeatedly fumbled the ball, diluted the free-market message they should have been selling, and lost sight of the point of repealing ObamaCare — which was to bring down insurance costs for millions of middle class families who’ve seen their premiums skyrocket and their benefits diminish under ObamaCare.
The culmination of all this was a misbegotten bill that was far less free-market than Ryan’s “Better Way” blueprint issued over the summer, and that kept in place the very regulations and mandates that were causing ObamaCare to fail in the first place.
Having accepted the core premise of ObamaCare — that health insurance is a right that should be guaranteed by the federal government — the House bill ended up, by necessity, recreating various other pieces of ObamaCare as well.
ObamaCare’s income-based subsidies became age-based tax credits that were phased out at higher incomes. The individual-mandate tax penalty became a premium surcharge. The minimum benefits rules remained. The House even presented a watered-down fix for Medicaid.
The “Ryancare” bill was defeated by a group known as the “Freedom Caucus,” a group of at least 30 conservative Republican members in the House.
The chairman of the Freedom Caucus is Mark Meadows of North Carolina—and in a statement released on his official website, he had the following to say about the fiasco:
“I promised the people of North Carolina’s 11th District that I would fight for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement with a market-driven approach that brings down costs and provides more choices for the American people. I remain wholeheartedly committed to following through on this promise. I know President Trump is committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a system that works for American families, and I look forward to working with him to do just that.”
It is increasingly clear that Trump erred significantly in allowing Ryan to try and push through an ill-thought out “reform” as quickly as possible, when it was clear to anyone who had studied the problem in detail that this “fix” would exacerbate, if not keep, the problems inherent in Obamacare.
Ultimately, healthcare in America can only really be “fixed” by a radical overhaul on societal and economic levels.
Firstly, the entire social structure needs to be reformed. The millions of Third Worlders currently parasiting off the welfare system need to be returned to their countries of origin.
This is vital because no medical aid system—financed as it will always be—by the white, First World population, will ever be able to provide endless medical services to an ever-growing Third World population, which contributes almost nothing to the tax base.
Secondly, a clear definition has to be drawn between state-supplied medical services and those provided by the private sector, with no cross-over allowed. This step is necessary to prevent the capitalist profit-driven motive becoming paramount, and skewing the system.
Given the extent of these demands, it might well be asked if the American healthcare “system” can ever be “fixed” at all. It is a task which might very well be beyond the legendary ability of even a Donald Trump to correct.