A big part of what’s wrong with Obamacare comes from the lies, distortions, mischaracterizations, and innuendos of Republicans. With 38.3 percent in favor and 51.6 negative, sometimes hostile, view of Obamacare, it will continue to be a major talking point in the 2014-midterm elections.
And Republicans, looking for more fuel to add to their fire, distort the recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report by implying that Obamacare is a job killer. The problem is the CBO projection does not say what Republicans imply.
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director Doug Elmendorf says that Republicans have mischaracterized the report’s findings to suggest that under Obamacare millions of Americans will lose their jobs. He says, “The reason we don’t use the term ‘lost jobs’ is there is a critical difference between people who like to work and can’t find a job – or have a job that’s lost for reasons beyond their control — and people who choose not to work.”
If someone decides they can now retire, spend time with family, or pursue a hobby because they no longer need to worry about working just to provide healthcare insurance coverage for their family is a good thing. It’s what Obamacare intended to do.
Additionally, Elmendorf said the report is not projecting the law would cause a bump in unemployment or underemployment, Obamacare will actually reduce unemployment.
If you want to know a big part of what’s wrong with our healthcare system, pay attention to what Joe Klein has to say. Understand why Klein and President Obama favor the Geisinger Health System. Pay attention to what Senator Bernie Sanders has to say. Understand why his state of Vermont is moving forward with a single-payer healthcare system.
President Obama desired these systems for Obamacare. If he could push a magic button and get everyone on board, it’s what he in the long run would like to accomplish. On the other hand, however, it’s just what Republicans are revolting against, because the probability of Obamacare over time moving in this direction scares the pants off of them. But taking the profit out of healthcare is possibly the only solution to the healthcare problem.
This midterm election is important because all 435 seats in the House and 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. The results will maintain or overturn the Republican majority in the house and maintain or overturn the Democratic majority in the Senate. If you want to make sure America’s healthcare system evolves and improves, vote for an independent who shares your view or for a Democrat. If you want to return to the healthcare status quo prior to 2010, vote Republican. The Republican Party has no intention of improving Obamacare or providing an alternative — only an intention of destroying it.