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Obamacare Repeal v. Benefits: The Healthcare Year is off to a crazy start

Obamacare Repeal v. Benefits: The Healthcare Year is off to a crazy start January 7, 2016

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Obamacare Repeal: Paul Ryan is trying again

The healthcare new year is off to a crazy start with the Republicans trying again to repeal Obamacare.

Happy (?) Healthcare New Year
Happy (?) Healthcare New Year

This political positioning is a distraction from any real work, and will remind the millions who have benefited from the law through affordable health insurance that they can, indeed, have a healthy new year. The impacts of ACA are appreciated, even though the law is poorly understood, and has been used as a political red herring. Leveraging this popular misunderstanding, and the general unpopularity of the President, there have been about 60 attempts to modify, repeal, remove funding and otherwise derail the law. The only reason for doing this unsuccessfully so many times is that these attempts produce some sort of political capital for Republicans in the Capitol.

Obamacare Benefits: Democrats ceding the high ground

Meanwhile, Kaiser reported results of a survey conducted in association with the New York Times, which revealed the reasons why Americans don’t have health insurance. Financial barriers continue to be the greatest obstacle (46%), but close second was a combination of factors which can only be attributed to poor understanding and barriers to access. This responsibility must be laid squarely at the feet of Democrats who have not only lost the moral high ground for their singular social accomplishment, but have squandered opportunity after opportunity to communicate the benefits derived from the law since its inception five years ago.

Meanwhile “healthcare insecurity” among Americans is growing, as the costs of healthcare to Americans – those who have health insurance – continues to grow faster than wages.

What’s wrong with this picture?

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