By J. D.Â Heyes, editor-in-chief
(NationalSentinel)Â Healthcare Reform:Â When the Republican-led HouseÂ eked out victory by passing the first of what we hope will be several bills to finally repeal and replace Obamacare with something resembling a free-marketÂ alternative, Democrats mocked them.
In typical childish fashion, they broke out in song -Â “Na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, good-bye” – insinuating thatÂ the Republicans who voted for the legislation will somehow pay a price at the polls in 2018.
Talk about tone-deaf. Republicans control the House and Senate (and White House) in large partÂ precisely becauseÂ the partyÂ has been promising forÂ years to get rid of Obamacare.
And now that the House has delivered the Senate must. There will be changes to the House measure, to be sure, butÂ some version of repeal-and-replace will likely emerge, and when it does, it is likely to pass.
Anticipating that, Marxist Democrats have already begunÂ spewing lie after lie about what the Republican billÂ will do to innocent children, old folks and of course “the poor.” But the fact is,Â ObamacareÂ is a disaster that is already wreaking havoc on the federal budget deficit, “the poor,” the young, the old, the Millennial generation, and just about every one else.
The Democrat-passed law hasÂ never delivered as promised. ItÂ didn’tÂ lower premiums and out-of-pocket deductibles; itÂ didn’t lead to universal coverage as promised; itÂ didn’t cost taxpayers less money; itÂ didn’t improve healthcare delivery; itÂ didn’t reduce the number of expensive E.R. visits; itÂ didn’t allow millions to keep their doctors; itÂ didn’t allow tens of millions to keep their plans; itÂ didn’t provide Americans with more choice.
And so on.
The fact is Obamacare was nothing more than a stepping stone to full-on, 100-percent,Â government-runÂ health care – you know, socialized medicine – and no less than former Senate Majority/Minority Leader Harry Reid admitted as much in 2013, when Obamacare had already begun to collapse.
Let’s understand that no matter what BS Democrats spout about the GOP plan, Obamacare is unworkable garbage, period. Also, we must understand what they want:Â Nothing less thanÂ total, iron-fisted control overÂ your healthcare choices, period.
They want the government to be able to say who gets covered and when, by how much, and for what purposes. By the same token, they want government to be able to deny procedures and payments to patients and healthcare institutions thatÂ bureaucratsÂ have decided are not proper or appropriate.
The GOP plan will not be a perfect fix the first time around, but it’s not going to be the end of the process, either.Â This first effort must be successful in order for the follow-on efforts – regulatory changes and additional legislation – to be successful.
When Democrats sayÂ anythingÂ about how bad the GOP plan is, tune them out. They have no credibility, given the damageÂ they did to our healthcare system with Obamacare.