The Republicans in Congress are still flogging away at the Affordable Care Act (OK, OK, “Obamacare”), but that dog don’t hunt no more.
Republicans in the House have voted—what? 163 times or something like that--to repeal Obamacare….campaign talking points, and nothing else.
The New York Times talked straight a few days ago in an editorial that diced up “…the big myths they are peddling…”
Here’s the short version:
“[Myth 1] MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR INSURANCE:
According to the Census Bureau, the number of uninsured Americans dropped by 10 million between 2010, when the law passed, and 2014. While critics said employers might stop offering health insurance because of the law, three million people gained coverage through their employers between 2010 and 2014.
[Myth 2] MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS:
A 2015 study using data from the Current Population Survey found that the law “had virtually no adverse effect on labor force participation, employment or usual hours worked per week through 2014.
[Myth 3] REDUCE COSTS BY WEAKENING STATE REGULATIONS:
…the biggest obstacle stopping insurers from setting up in more states is not regulation; it’s the difficulty of establishing a network of providers in a new market. And such a structure would destroy the longstanding ability of states to regulate health insurance for their populations.”
The Republicans have proposed nothing to replace Obamacare.
Obamacare has done a lot of good so far, and we have a long way to go in making our American health care system more effective and less costly.
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