To the Editor:
The repeal and replacement of Obamacare has been defeated. But, the president and GOP are still working to damage it. Unless we are vigilant, our government will take away our healthcare right under our noses.
They’re not fully enforcing the individual mandate, which eliminates funding that helps pay for the law and increases costs for everyone because we are still absorbing the cost of the uninsured.
Congress is trying to require some Medicaid recipients to work for benefits. The cost of implementing and monitoring this far outweighs its benefit. Very few people on Medicaid are capable of working. Many who are able will drop out and show up in emergency rooms for care instead. We will pay for their care when it is more expensive, raising all of our premiums.
The administration stopped advertising Obamacare’s open enrollment period and benefits, raising insurance costs for every American. The ads were targeted at the younger, healthier enrollees who level out the cost for everyone.
When it comes to healthcare, the Republicans have found a tax cut they don’t like. They are working to decrease the tax credits that help individuals and small businesses pay premiums. The tax credits were instituted to help stabilize insurance costs until Obamacare was fully functional. Until the changes listed above were implemented, that plan was working nearly as planned.
There are other things the GOP could do, but haven’t yet. They could redefine what basic health benefits are making insurance coverage less expensive, but also less effective.
Obamacare is not perfect and needs to be fixed. First, we need to allow it to work as intended, without the destabilizing forces of the threat of repeal or constant weakening. Then, it will be easier to identify what actually needs to be fixed. Let our state and federal leaders know we won’t stand for a silent weakening of our health care protections.