Ordinary Americans will soon learn how they are to figure in the grand story of the future the GOP is always telling. It’s a story that sees America and Americans as trammeled by rules that bug them and taxes so onerous they can’t sleep at night, that sees happiness as a precipitate left over after “school choice” causes public schools to evaporate. The Republican narrative promises to rescue Americans from a tyrannical government and recent policy “disasters.” Long-term security will grow rather than decrease once the nation is liberated from the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and the tangible health benefits it guarantees.
This rhetoric is about to collide with physical reality. Will a Republican-led Congress be so vain and rash as to abandon health guarantees that an entire nation has grown accustomed to? Yes, Congress should act to constrain premium increases and restore competitive insurance options where they are lacking, but why deprive the nation of the happy consciousness that we’re all in it together, which is, at bottom, the signal benefit of Obamacare? This is precisely what Republicans are most eager to destroy.
Under the present system, some well-off Americans are obliged to spend more for insurance than they would like; however, millions of Americans are newly insured, and hundreds of thousands are addressing health problems that have afflicted them for years. Knowing that we are achieving something so gloriously humane makes the hassle and collective sacrifice worthwhile. If Congress were wise, it would aim at enhancing this precious peace of mind.
Image: 80,000 miners listening to Theodore Roosevelt
(1905 daguerreotype by Underwood & Underwood),
from this source.
A really well thought and written post. I especially liked the first paragraph; you most clearly put into words what the GOP wants to do and “save people from.” The GOP lawmakers are a very selfish and inhuman bunch who cater almost exclusively to the wealthy. The budget proposal just issued from the White House pleases the rich and takes from those who need it most. I just so hope that the tens of millions who will suffer if that budget is passed will vote Trump out and switch to voting for the Dems….Your posts are wonderful, I always enjoy reading them!
The people have stood up and made congressmen aware of how important it is to tread carefully. I know one of the blocs dooming the GOP bill was the ultra-conservative wing, but it will never be strong enough to get its way. I hope a coalition of moderates will realize they could become political heroes by figuring out how to fix the defects of “Obamacare.”
Thank you for your comment!
Once again you have very clearly stated the issues Susan. Thank you!!
I’m so glad the House bill did not pass–it would be so cheering if all parties could concentrate now on improving the policies we have already.
I cannot tell you how many people began yesterday’s conversation with “I’m so glad the House Bill did not pass…” They can just fix what is not working in the current ACA and let insurers write across state lines! Problem fixed!! All the best Susan!