William Thien

Republicans and The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Posted on: January 18, 2017

I attended an open door listening session this last Saturday given by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, my federal representative, at the local library. He does it a couple of times a year. You can ask questions and he responds before the crowd and afterwards you can speak to him personally.

The session seemed to be attended more by Democrats than Republicans, of which Sensenbrenner is a Republican. There were many moderately loud exchanges between the Democrats and the panel populated by Sensenbrenner and two local state politicians.

Numerous questions were asked by avowed Democrats about various aspects of The Affordable Care Act and I got the sense that Sensenbrenner was genuinely aware of the sensitivity of the matter of simply repealing The ACA without providing an alternative and he intimated that was the sentiment throughout much of the Republicans in the house.

He suggested that although The ACA might be repealed seemingly post-haste, an alternative would in fact be offered and that the current President elect hasn’t even been sworn in and wasn’t all of the fear mongering premature?

So, for the Americans on The ACA, I believe a suitable alternative will be provided.

It is my opinion that The ACA is nothing more than a big health insurance company gimme and a punitive tax upon lower middle-income tax payer and should be repealed quickly. Premiums are skyrocketing and deductibles are bankrupting people. The ACA needs to go.

In its stead I would recommend what Trump suggests and what many of the Republicans are suggesting, deregulate the sale of health insurance across state lines and create a competitive market.

Sensenbrenner also suggested that Republicans were aware that the no pre-existing conditions clause should remain and that was the goal of any alternative for a new health care plan.

I left the listening session feeling moderately confident any alternative plan would be many times better than The ACA.

Copyright © William Thien 2017

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