March 7, 2017
I read the above headline from Huffingtonpost and my jaw dropped. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee made the statement in a CNN interview that with the new health care law people would have to choose between their new Iphone that they love, and saving for health care. Now I can't speak for the Americans out there who buy the new Iphone every year as soon as it comes out because I do not have the financial resources to do that. I do have an Iphone that I love very much, but it is 6 years old. What Chaffetz and many republican congressmen and congresswomen do not understand is that people who make less than $50,000 dollars a year, struggle just to put food on the table and a roof over their children's head. I wonder if they even think about the single mother of two, who works two jobs and can barely afford to pay the bills. I doubt they do, because if they did, they would realize that she has very few choices. She can either give up ever seeing her kids and work 20 hours a day so that she can save money for the GOP's health care plan, or do without health care. The plan puts low income families into an impossible situation.
Let us say that our single mother of two does pick up the extra job and starts putting money into her “health care savings plan” but one of her boys comes down with an acute case of appendicitis and needs an emergency appendectomy. Will she have enough saved into her health care savings account to pay for that surgery? The answer is that she most likely will not. Who pays for the boys surgery then? Does the hospital cover the cost by charging $30 to everyone who walks in the door for an aspirin, or does the loving mother take out a loan to pay the $20,000 in medical bills for her son. If the hospital pays for it, which often times does happen, we increase the cost of everyones health care who goes to the hospital. They have to balance their budget somehow. If the mother pays for it, now that money she was putting into the health savings account is going to pay off the medical bill. She doesn't have the chance to save for health care or buy her sons Ipads to compete in a world driven by technology. We leave her sons with no chance of upward mobility killing the American dream. We leave her with bills she will never be able to pay leading to bankruptcy and no credit. Ultimately, we create a bigger problem, because we couldn't simply fix a bill needing help.
One of the pitfalls of being a GOP senator is that they do not really understand why they are elected. Their base will vote for them, even if they disagree with the GOP's policies on health care and economics, even if those policies will directly hurt them, because they can't stand to vote for a democrat who supports gay marriage, or abortion, or common sense gun laws. One issue will turn a would be vote for a democrat into a vote for a republican.
Returning to the new health care law, the GOP is out of touch. Their constituents and many democrats want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fixed so that premiums do not go through the roof. They want to be able to see the doctor they always went to. GOP voters do not want smoke and mirror coverage that is super cheap, but provides no real benefits. What we all want is a system that works, that protects vulnerable people, and doesn't leave anyone out. Please let us know your thoughts on the forum.