One of the issues Americans are most passionate about is the abomination known not-so-affectionately as Obamacare.Hilariously titled “the Affordable Care Act,” this piece of junk legislation made health insurance premiums skyrocket, thousands lose insurance, and businesses lay folks off or close up shop altogether.
Conservatives have been trying for quite some time to repeal it, and replace it with genuine health care reform that would increase competition in the marketplace and drive down costs, all to no avail.Repealing Obamacare was one of the major campaign promises Donald Trump made, and now that he’s the commander in chief, it appears his administration is now working to dismantle this horror show, beginning with its website: healthcare.gov.
The Washington Examiner is reporting:
The Trump administration has stripped healthcare.gov of positive references to Obamacare, including removing the words “Affordable Care Act” from the federal website.The pared-down insurance marketplace website now lists fewer details about the healthcare law’s insurance reforms and coverage expansions. Entire sections praising the law’s impact on costs, coverage and care have been removed. Some pages, including some that explain emergency room access and doctor choice, have been removed entirely.
And most references to the “Affordable Care Act” have been replaced with simply “healthcare law.”
For example, a section called “About the law” used to contain language crediting it for giving consumers more control over their healthcare and detailing the services insurers must cover. All those details have been removed, and the section now just links to the text of the 2010 law and a separate website where its regulations may be viewed.The administration also has removed blog posts highlighting Americans who benefited from the law and a section encouraging people to share their own stories using the hashtag #coveragematters.
In other words, Trump is removing all of the pro-Obamacare propaganda used to sweet talk gullible, uninformed Americans into signing up for the insurance, knowing full well it’s a financial trap.
Granted, not signing up means paying a tax penalty, but, hey, pick your poison.The 2017 Obamacare enrollment season concluded in January, and, as of now, it’s not known whether or not another enrollment period will occur since the ultimate goal is to get rid of this mess, and put something much better, and more effective, in its place.
The best plan, of course, is to get the government out of the way as much as possible. Reduce restrictions so consumers can buy across state lines, and increase competition to drive down prices.
So far, it’s been speculated that Trump will keep the pre-existing condition mandate when replacing the ACA, which most folks don’t have a problem with.
Let’s hope full repeal and replacement comes as a measure not only improve our health care system, but also to boost our sagging economy.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]