Time for another rant, but this time it is based on actual facts, plus an understanding of the real reason repeal and replace of the ACA is not going to happen.
There are many reasons for why repeal and replace has failed; some of them have to do with the complexity of the health care marketplace, others have to do with the fact that all the negative things the opposition said about the law did not come to pass, even though some people are paying higher premiums, or cannot find a doctor because there aren’t enough where they live and have to travel long distances to find a doctor (primary or specialist), or the insurance companies have exited the exchanges, thus limiting the number of payers.
Joe Paduda has been conducting an ACA Deathwatch, and yesterday, Joe wrote that ACA repeal will not happen.
This, he says, is due to the defection of one major GOP legislator, Fred Upton, of Michigan.
But what Joe does not say is why the GOP has been so single-minded in wanting to destroy the ACA (besides the obvious reason of tarnishing Obama’s legacy).
The one guiding principal and reason for “repeal and replace” is solely due to the adoption by the Republican Party (or should I say takeover) by out and out libertarians, and rampant libertarianism.
This has nothing to do with the Libertarian Party, although many members of that party were Republicans in the past; case in point, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who ran for President last year as the Libertarian Party candidate.
To prove to you that this is the case why the GOP has been so one-track minded, one only has to read the response from former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh (you remember him, the guy who yelled “you lie” to Obama during the SOTU speech).
Walsh, not to be confused with the Joe Walsh of rock and roll, said the following in his tweet response to Jimmy Kimmel’s tearful admission that his newborn son had a heart defect that needed surgery, and Kimmel defended the right of others not as fortunate as him and his wife to afford that surgery, which would have been fatal to any other child whose parents could not afford it.
Here is the exact tweet:
Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.
At first, you might think this guy is a heartless SOB, but if you read the tweet carefully, and look closely at the word “freedom” after his name, and the tweet itself, you will see that to Mr. Walsh and the rest of his “Freedom” Caucus, it is not that he is heartless, it’s that he is brainless.
Because only a brainless idiot still clings to a political philosophy that time and again has been discredited. He believes he nor anybody else is obligated to pay for someone else’s health care, but I bet he does not feel that way when other people have to pay for his or his children’s public school education, or their ability to have lunch while in school or to even have books to read and pens and pencils with which to do schoolwork with. Or to bring it even closer to home, to have other people (namely taxpayers) pay for his health care when he was in Congress. Do as I say, not do as I do.
Or maybe he sends his kids to private school?
You see, the real reason the GOP is against the ACA is they don’t believe it is the role of the government to do anything for anyone, and that includes providing health care. They are fundamentally opposed to it on philosophical and ideological grounds, and like their Speaker, are slavishly devoted to the rantings and writings of a 20th century novelist and the reactionary views of an economist few have ever heard of.
You know, of course, where the Freedom Caucus came from? It is the legislative part of the Tea Party, founded by former Congressman Tom DeLay (there’s a name for you), and the Tea Party has nothing to do with a hot beverage. It means “Taxed Enough Already”.
But the real impetus behind the Tea Party was not the old folks demanding the government keep its hands off their Medicare. It came from the very wealthy who donated large sums to elect Republicans to office. It started with Howard Jarvis in CA, spread under Reagan and both Bushes, and popped up during the debate over the ACA.
Jimmy Kimmel said the problem with health care was partisanship; however, as written in Salon, the problem is with one party…the Republicans. This by no means lessens the impact of Kimmel’s plea.
The response from President Obama, DNC Chairman Tom Perez, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was overwhelmingly positive.
The current occupant continued his insane view that the ACA was dead. Sort of like saying Andrew Jackson could have prevented the Civil War, or that he recently met with Frederick Douglass.
Finally, the defeat of repeal and replace is laid at the feet of those GOP congresspersons who are vulnerable in the next election, and are hesitant to incur the wrath of their constituents, if the recent town hall meetings are any indication.
Like health care itself, the defeat has many reasons, but at the core lies the simple fact that libertarian, free market solutions are more dangerous to the health of the American people than the alleged disaster the GOP has painted the ACA with.