Recently the Senate passed a bill that would repeal Obamacare.
While this bill will fail once it reaches the President’s desk, that hasn’t stopped Republicans from repealing Obamacare over 50 times in the five years it has been in existence.
The Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, and became an instant hot-button topic with conservatives.
Republicans were sure Obamacare would bring the country to it’s knees…we’re still waiting.
Since the bill was signed into effect, healthcare spending by citizens has slowed to a record low, and 70 million people have enrolled in Medicare.
By the five year anniversary of the bill’s signing in March, 11.7 million previously uninsured people had signed up for Obamacare.
In case you are wondering why Republicans hate Obamacare so much, try to think of the millions that will no longer line the pockets of doctors and CEO’s.
Those same doctors and CEO’s make massive contributions to Republican campaigns in order to keep Americans sickly and broke.
HERE ARE 5 REASONS OBAMACARE SHOULD NOT BE REPEALED:
- There are fewer uninsured Americans today than there were at any point before Obamacare was signed into effect. The percentages of uninsured had dropped from 17.1% to 12.1% in 2013 alone.
- Absolutely no one is turned away because of a pre-existing condition, meaning many people deemed “uninsurable” before, are now able to receive the healthcare they need.
- Under the Parent Plan, children can stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26. This way the youth of America, just building their careers, won’t have to pay high out-of-pocket fees to see remain healthy. As a result of the parent plan, 5.7 million uninsured young adults gained coverage from 2010-2015.
- Free preventative care means that people aren’t charged for every single visit. This means the insurance provider now covers the costs of screenings, wellness exams, annual physicals, mammograms, and tests for cholesterol and diabetes.
- Paying for care instead of visits. Providers are paid one fee to treat the condition for which the patient is seeking care. Doctors and hospitals are increasingly incentivized to “treat patients more holistically,” and to keep their patients in good health. Providers are also penalized if the patient is re-hospitalized quickly. So instead of seeing things like unnecessary pharmaceuticals being pushed onto patients in order get more money out of them and keep them ill, we are seeing doctors who now benefit from having healthy patients.
In the five years that we have been living under Obamacare, America has seen a complete shift in how it’s citizens are treated as patients.
No longer are ailments seen as indicators of financial risk, but as a task to remedy.
Republicans tried to stigmatize the Affordable Care Act when they dubbed it “Obamacare.”
All they really did was ensure that history will never forget the president who fought against all odds to modernized the American way of life.
Obama saw what other thriving countries had done, and he made sure his citizens were taken care of in the same way.
His concerns were not draining Americans of their hard earned money, it was ensuring Americans were healthy enough to continue providing for their families.
The only difference in America and the other countries who have successfully had universal healthcare in effect for decades, is the GOP.
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