Republicans are still raving against Obamacare—but that doesn’t change the fact that the Democrats’ health care “reform” is a dismal failure.
… IF THE Republicans can get a hearing by raving about big government and its impenetrable bureaucracy, it’s because the Democrats gave them a huge, impossible-to-miss target with the wild patchwork of for-profit insurance “options” that make up the Obamacare exchanges.
In reality, the problem isn’t “big government”; it’s the twisted system that’s needed to make sure the insurance industry gets its cut.
Physicians for a National Health Program co-founders David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler compared the Obamacare mess to the relatively easier and less expensive rollout of the Medicare health program for the elderly in 1966:
[C]omplexity is “baked in” to the design [of the ACA], just as simplicity was “baked in” to Medicare. Obamacare’s exchanges must coordinate thousands of different plans, with premiums, co-payments, deductibles and provider networks that vary county-by-county; Medicare offered a single, uniform plan…
Obamacare’s byzantine complexity reflects the contortions required to simultaneously expand coverage and appease private insurers. And private insurers will exact a steep ongoing toll…To avoid glitches and wasteful expense, design the system right; eliminate private insurers and cover everyone under a single payer program.
People hoping for health care coverage have been left to the whims of the health insurance giants—not to mention the drug companies and hospital industry. And they have the Democrats and their loyalty to the status quo—corporate profit over human need—to thank for it.
The disaster of the ACA is one of the prime reasons why the Democrats are likely to take a beating in the November congressional elections. The Republicans are likely to make gains—possibly even retaking control of the Senate—not because their fanatical policies are popular, but because so many people are disappointed and disillusioned with the Democrats’ agenda.
That dynamic will get lost in all the campaign season messaging this fall—the Democrats will pull out all their old “lesser evil” tricks to motivate their supporters to go to the polls to stop the greater evil of a Republican victory.
The stories of people struggling to get basic health care shows the crying need for a better health care system, but neither party looks interested in fighting for it.