A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about how we Americans are simply just caught in the crossfire of political nonsense when it comes to policy making. Congressman Kevin Cramer’s statement after the Congressional Budget Office released the details of what they predict the fallout will be from the American Health Care Act that was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4 proved that.
Cramer’s statement said, “As expected, the American Health Care Act meets the budget requirements and reduces the deficit by $119 billion. The bill now goes to the Senate where they can get to work to ensure we fulfill our promise to the American people of repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
So according to the lone United States House of Representative from the state of North Dakota, concern about how many people might lose coverage, whether premiums or deductibles will level off or decrease, or if Medicaid cuts affect the citizens that he is serving isn’t as important as a “promise” of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Looking at the actual details of the AHCA, (which by the way still has a long ways to go before it gets through the Senate) this is not what most Americans who voted for President Trump and down-ballot Republicans wanted when there were talks of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Opening up the health insurance markets across state lines to allow more marketplace competition and people being protected from being gouged or not even having coverage at all for pre-existing conditions was a campaign promise that is not being fulfilled by the AHCA.
This turned out to be a shell game, where government handouts to insurance companies with a bad law like Obamacare, are going to be worse with the AHCA if the Senate goes along with it. But according to Cramer, that doesn’t matter, repealing and replacing a bad law like Obamacare, even if it is worse is a win because we said we were going to do it on the stump during election season. Good policy for the American people doesn’t matter anymore, it is all about cheap political wins, and “We the People” are the victims.
Original blog post from KFGO.