By Jonathan Wright
Health care, health care, health care.
In the not-too-distant past, we didn’t think that much about it. The topic didn’t occupy virtually every newscast and front newspaper page. It certainly wasn’t the divisive issue it is today.
Now, of course, for better or for worse, it’s in the spotlight every day, right up on stage, front and center.
And for good reason: there’s a lot at stake here.
Just this week it was finally acknowledged by government leaders, and also—finally—by the major media, that millions of Americans are likely to lose their current health plans with the implementation of the “Affordable” Care Act.
I use the quotation marks above because it’s quickly and decisively becoming apparent to the public that it’s going to be anything but affordable.
As the numbers come in, confidence is going out.
Out the window, that is.
Rather than enjoying lower rates, as was promised to us when this system was being touted before passage, we’re now becoming painfully aware that a large portion of people are going to see increases in premiums that range anywhere from modest to prohibitively exorbitant.
That, of course, is in addition to those who will totally lose their present coverage, despite shameless promises that “If you like your present insurance plan, you can keep it.”
In a summary of recent media reports around the country, as reported by breitbart.com this week, the National Center for Public Policy Research claims that 1.5 million insurance cancellations have already gone out. Additionally, they write, “If the Congressional Budget Office is correct, this will happen to millions more.”
It’s becoming a mess—an utter, hopeless mess that could have been totally avoided if conscionable lawmakers had stuck to their guns in truly representing the will of the people who elected them.
Conservatives have warned of these outcomes from the very beginning of this fiasco when it was being debated.
Now, it seems, it’s too late. We’ve unleashed a monster that’s poised to ruthlessly pulverize what has easily become the best health care system in the world.
It was great while it lasted.
Have a nice day.