The truth about the Affordable Care Act

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

Believe it or not, you have some people who do not understand that Obama Care is really the Affordable Care Act. Their hate for Obama is so profound that they express that while they are for the Affordable Care Act, they blatantly deplore ObamaCare. This mis-connect is no surprise assuming it was manufactured by Obama’s opponents to confuse or discourage support for the first real attempt to bring the American public universal health coverage.

Republicans are unified in believing government involvement in health care is unacceptable and will limitour choices in what we personally want. Generally they do not feel one should be forced to obtain health care and should be able to choose their own providers, which may be considered understandable.

But it seems Republicans for the most part are quick to complain about taxpayers being forced to foot the bill for those who are homeless, poor or unable to afford health care. They basically feel that everyone should attempt to pull their own weight if possible. Isn’t the Affordable Care Act attempt to do just that while providing healthcare to all American citizens?

Provisions have been provided to help subsidize economical disadvantaged citizens or those with limited income. We as taxpayers have always took up the slack for those unable to meet their health care obligations, and when all is said and done will continue to do so.

It is no secret that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it could be tweaked and improved with bipartisan support to make it beneficial for the common working American. The major concerns against the Affordable Care Act include: the rising cost of premiums; costly preventive measures eating up costs and making the program more expensive; the inability to go across state lines to attain coverage; expanded Medicaid; and the penalty charged to those who are not covered.

However one must take into account that citizens with preexisting conditions cannot be turned down and young adults can be carried by their parents up to the age of 26.

Health care providers and the pharmaceutical companies are crying foul play because of mandatory designated prices for treatment (halting their ability to charge whatever they want), thus curtailing their ability to insure exorbitant returns to their shareholders. No one should not want a fair return on their investments, but we all know greed is one of the culprits derailing support for the Affordable Care Act. I can only wonder who our elected officials are working for—big business or the common working American.

The recent failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act should let us know that it is complicated with many flaws. But it is worth fixing. However, an easy fix does not exist. I only wish that we could have spent the last eight years working out the kinks. But partisan politics would not allow it.

Dislike it if you must, but doesn’t the Affordable Act expand health care coverage and attempts to control health costs and improve health care delivery? Offering free preventive screenings and services at no co-charge to combat future medical problems will save employers and businesses billions of dollars in the future by offsetting major illnesses and preventing loss from work. Shouldn’t this warrant praise?

However, you have many ‘primary care providers’ upset, claiming free pre-screening and free preventive services are causing them to lose money and leaving them no choice but to raise premiums or opting to stop being health care providers for many carriers. Does there exist a medium where all parties can be happy?

Some see the main argument for The Affordable Care Act as the inability of health care providers and pharmaceutical companies to charge exorbitant prices for products and services. No one is against investors making a reasonable profit from their investments, but limitations or regulations are warranted to control excessive greed hurting most American citizens in the long run.

Let’s put our prejudices aside and work to improve the Affordable Care Act, not appeal it when so many components of it work. You do not throw the baby out with the bath water or cut off your nose to spite your face. As it stands now, all citizens can attain health care. So just once, can we honestly do what is in the best interests of the common working citizen and not be coerced by the tentacles of the rich and powerful?

Is the hate for former President Barack Obama, a Black president, so strong that some cannot acknowledge a great accomplishment under his administration?

I beseech health care providers and pharmaceutical companies to call off their lobbyists and stop berating and sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. Let everyone come together and help make it work.