There is a striking contrast out there about Obamacare. The step toward socialized medicine has never really caught on. Oh, it’s crept above 50% once or twice, but not by much, and currently those that approve of it sit at about 17%. That is the number of people that accept it and like it as it stands. Most either want it drastically changed, or want it booted altogether.
But here’s the interesting thing. Gallup (the same people that did the poll about the approval of Obamacare), asked a follow up question…should government ensure healthcare or provide healthcare. And while a majority of folks (57%) say that the government should ensure that all Americans get healthcare, only 40% say that the government should actually provide that healthcare themselves. They obviously have seen what the government does with our veterans!
And this gets to the point that needs to be stressed. There is a good point in Obamacare. Let me repeat that, because I’ve railed against it so often for the last five or so years that it may have gone over the heads of some of you. There actually is a good point in Obamacare. It’s the removal of the “pre-existing condition” clause that most insurance companies still throw in if you’re buying individual healthcare that’s not in the Obamacare exchange. 25% of Americans have a “pre-existing condition”, which could be anything from high cholesterol to diabetes, to high blood pressure, anything that insurance companies could balk at as far as insuring you.
I think that’s why most Americans think the way they do. They think it’s pretty neat to do away with the pre-existing condition clause, and a lower amount think the 26 year old kid living in the basement should also be allowed to be on your healthcare insurance plan. Other than that, most people don’t believe the government should stick their nose into your healthcare.
That’s a stark contrast to the way Obamacare was set up. It was set up to actually control your healthcare. It was set up to give Grandma “a pill” to ease the pain rather than the expensive heart surgery that could help her live another year or two. That was how it was originally intended to control costs. Remember the “death panels”? They were the ones that would set the rules for when a patient had basically outlived their usefulness and should be given medication rather than expensive surgery. But they were actually a panel…though they have since disbanded.
No, Obamacare overall was a monstrously bad idea. The mere fact that any government should control how you deal with your health is wrong. They did have a couple of points that made sense, and that was it. But it doesn’t take 2,000 pages of law to do away with pre-existing conditions, and deadbeat kids who live in your basement. You can do that with one page, and a boot.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!