In 2010, when Obamacare went into force, I argued that it would never go away. That's because, once you establish an entitlement, it becomes impossible to take it away.
The Republicans spanking new "Revoke and Replace" plan proves what I said is true. After promising to repeal Obamacare for six long years the Republicans have simply dressed it up in different robes, called it the American Health Care Act, and left everything that's wrong with Obamacare in place.
Under the Republicans new plan folks making less than $75,000 a year will be getting up to $24,000 dollars a year in either grants or tax credits...the government depending on the individual to use that money for health care. And under the plan the amount of government money is dependent on how many kids one can breed....even if bred without the benefit of a bonafide father. So think about that; in addition to handing out enormous outlays for welfare, food stamps, WIC benefits, free pre-school, free school breakfast and lunches, and, at tax time those thousands in Child Tax Credits, with generous tax exemptions added on, our Republicans are going to hand out up to $24,000 dollars a year so that folks can pay for their obesity problems, their diabetes brought on by that obesity, are allowed to smoke as much as they wish, can scarf down those Carl Jr. burger monsters, and suffer no financial consequences for their poor health choices....in fact are rewarded for them!
And do you remember when the Republicans promised marketing of health care plans across state lines? That ain't in the their bill either....they claim they can't get that little item by the army of K-Street healthcare company lobbyists! Nor could they inject any kind of tort reform in the bill that might have prevented those $20,000 dollar judgements against McDonalds for serving hot coffee!
While they did delete government mandates I find it hard to see how that helps. Could be worse! How do the Repubs expect to fund health care for the older folks if they don't have the healthy younger folks in the patient pools?
Admittedly, there are a few staunch conservatives who are objecting to those $24,000 dollar annual payouts to "sex breeders"...but not nearly enough. They'll eventually be forced to cave in on what is a bad health care bill....another huge entitlement that will never go away.
Contrary to the liberal gruel, healthcare is not a "right". It should never have been a cradle to grave benefit, paid for by others. Non smokers should never have to pay for smokers. Healthy minded people who eat well should not be punished for those who live on fast food. There should be an aspect of individual responsibility in any health care plan. Sadly, the Republicans chose the easy route...not wanting to risk voter wrath for taking away something that should never have been theirs for free in the first place.
Sad. Damned Sad.