Fix Obamacare to benefit 300 million Americans

Nobody out there would say the Senate plan is all it should be, writes Jay Ambrose, but let’s see Congress debate amendments proffered by Democrats and Republican holdouts, just maybe improving what is amiss.

Leftist policy tactics seldom fail to fail, as has been shown in Obamacare.

It’s substituted lies for truth, coercion for liberty, socialism for free markets, a comprehensive mishmash of obscurity for prudence, centralism for state initiatives and haughtiness for common sense.

A consequence of all of this — and the enlistment of Medicaid to make things more nearly work — could mean horror for 300 million people.

That’s right, 300 million, the population of the entire country, and that’s a whole lot more than the 20 million unfortunates you keep reading about in stories maligning the Republican Senate health care proposal. That number, which could be recalculated with different assumptions, refers to those who might not be insured down the road under the GOP legislation as compared to Obamacare if left alone.

But Obamacare left entirely alone would see deductibles soar to the point of helping out only if you’re in something approximating critical condition. Premiums? They would increase to the point of you better be a millionaire. Insurance companies, compelled, for instance, to charge the highest prices to those least at risk, would keep deserting the program to the point of no program.

A favored Democratic solution is to spend us into oblivion to take care of everything, including further increases in Medicaid already increased beyond fiscal functionality. Add Medicaid to unadjusted Medicare and Social Security, get to the year 2025, and federal revenues would be sufficient only for their sustenance and interest on the debt.

That conclusion, by the way, comes from the Congressional Budget Office, the same agency that came up with the 20 million number used as a bludgeon for any Republican uncaring…

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