Will Someone Please Step Over The Line
Health Care for Americans
By CT Smith
As an American Citizen, I am so disgusted with both the Republicans and Democrats as they fuss over affordable healthcare for the citizens of the ENTIRE United States. They are all bunched together, the REDS on one side and the BLUES one the other, acting as if there is some sort of Line of Demarcation and that nothing good will come to them if they step over it and work with the other side. This line in the sand is pitting us against each other like enemies and it is destroying our country. This line has made things so bad for some of us and our elected officials that we can no longer see anything except one side. BUT, for those of us and elected officials who are still able to step back and see the entire picture, and listen to both sides, and are able to give a little in order to get a little, the country is counting on you to speak up – step over the line and work together.
I am perplexed as to why the Republicans continue to put forth proposals that actually puts most Americans in a downward spiral for the most important thing of their lives, Healthcare. Good Health equals everything. Can’t they see that the majority of Americans will be put in a lose – lose position with what they propose? Poor Healthcare = Poor health = No job = No income = Welfare = early Death. Yet, time and time again they continue to present ideas that grow worse with each presentation. Maybe the question that Republicans really need to ask their constituents in a one question “Independent Survey” is, “Which part of the Affordable Care Act would you like to eliminate?” The constituents would need to check each item with either KEEP or CHANGE, before they can go to the next one. There should be no category for Keep All or Change All on the survey. The survey should list only the benefits of the Affordable Care Act such as the ones below, taken from ACA when it first began:
- Letting young adults stay on their parents’ plan until 26
- Stopping insurance companies from denying you coverage or charging you more based on health status
- Stopping insurance companies from dropping you when you are sick or if you make an honest mistake on your application
- Preventing gender discrimination
- Stopping insurance companies from imposing unjustified rate hikes
- Doing away with life-time and annual dollar limits
- Giving you the right to a rapid appeal of insurance company decisions
- Expanding coverage to tens of millions by subsidizing health insurance costs through the Health Insurance Marketplaces (HealthCare.Gov and the state-run Marketplaces)
- Expanding Medicaid to millions in states that chose to expand the program
- Providing tax breaks to small businesses for offering health insurance to their employees
- Requiring large businesses to insure employees
- Requiring all insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions
- Making CHIP easier for kids to get
- Improving Medicare for seniors
- Ensuring all plans cover minimum benefits like limits on cost sharing and ten essential benefits including free preventive care, OB-GYN services with no referrals, free birth control, and coverage for emergency room visits out-of-network
From the results of this Independent Survey, perhaps that may be able to come up with a plan that eases the daily stress and fear that many Americans have due to what the Republicans have proposed thus far as a viable healthcare plan.
The Democrats, on the other hand needs to play a role by proposing a “repair” of the Affordable Healthcare Act since this seems to be what so many people want, having their fixes scored by the CBO and results shared openly with the people, so that the people could decide if their plan sounds more like what they want or do not want. Democrats could also step across the line, compromise, and come up with a new strategy. Sitting there, complaining and pointing finger does absolutely nothing for absolutely no one. Another thing that the Democrats can do is to send out the same Independent Survey with the same question, gather data, repair the Affordable Care Act, or using that data start anew.
Healthcare affects all of us, NOW, TODAY, this minute. I’m looking for a HERO(es). My hero will be the one(s) who steps across the line of division to work with the other human beings on the other side who claims to want the same things – affordable healthcare coverage for ALL regardless of status, race, sex, socio economic background, illness, age, pre-existing conditions, etc. Please Republicans and Democrats, do your job: WORK TOGETHER.