Rep. Adrian Smith’s Jan. 19 opinion letter circulated around the state: “Why we must repeal Obamacare” deliberately avoids critical facts of which even his closest supporters are not necessarily aware.As for the rest of us, we are still wondering what the replacement healthcare plan is all about and how it will affect us.
There is somewhat of a hint in Smith’s recent opinion, and a release he put out in July of last year: “A Better Way To Empower Americans.”
So exactly what is in this 37-page document with two blank pages all about? It’s Speaker Paul Ryan’s “idea” of what he believes should be the replacement for “Obamacare.”
It’s not a comprehensive legislative proposal nor has it passed through the Congressional Budget Office to crunch the costs and impact of the idea.
There have been no committee hearings, floor debate or even town hall meetings so constituents can figure out from the talking points what this secretive plan is about.
Now, keep in mind that when Obama was president he reached out to the leadership of the GOP on numerous occasions to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act, such as high premium costs and high deductibles, but each time they refused to go to the table.
Instead, they fought the ACA when and where they could, either in court or on the floors of Congress.
What this plan entails is a collection of old stale ideas that would take our country backwards — back to coverage denials, back to co-pays for preventive care, back to annual coverage caps, back to when women paid more for coverage, back to the risk of poverty for our seniors due to higher health costs and, worst of all, very expensive, mostly unaffordable “high-risk pools” for those who have pre-existing conditions.
By John Hasenauer, Harrison