GOP health plan will mean paying more for less

Since day one when President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans have been trying to destroy it. They keep talking about how they have a better plan to help people get insurance. They recently released their plan. It does not increase the number of people that are able to get insurance; in fact, they will lower the number of people able to afford insurance by millions.

They also have put in the plan to defund Planned Parenthood for a year. I know many people think the taxpayer’s money is used by Planned Parenthood to fund abortions. This is an outright lie, as no government funds are used for abortions. The actual fact is that it is against the law for any tax money to be used for abortions. That is separate part of the Planned Parenthood organization. Taxpayer’s money is used to help low-income women and men get health care. Before I was married, I used Planned Parenthood as my health care. I worked full time, but my employer offered no health insurance below managerial level. I also could not afford an independent health insurance policy. I am sure that there are many more people who are in the same situation.

While I agree there needs to a revamp of the Affordable Care Act, it does not need to be repealed. Everyone should be required to get insurance that they can afford and consumers that have Cadillac policies should not be taxed for having insurance. These so-called Cadillac policies cause the holder to be taxed. The fine for not having insurance is a problem. If people cannot afford insurance, they are then fined. How does that make it possible to get insurance?

We need to have insurance even the poorest people can afford. The best idea is to have single payer, but there are too many people saying this will never work. Isn’t it funny that single payer is working in many industrial countries around the world? Medical and drug costs are going to bankrupt the country unless something is done to reduce costs.

Another thing that is in the Republican replace plan allows the money that is paid to CEOs of companies to be tax free. This lost revenue will have to come from someplace else, such as a reduction in Medicaid. We will have to await a final draft to find that out. In any case, the company is able to reduce the amount of taxes they pay on their profits. Won’t it be nice if we didn’t have to pay taxes on the money we earn? In the case of the average person, we don’t have millions that allows us to lobby the government for tax breaks. If only life was fair, we would all be so much happier.

Finally, the United States Government does have at this time a single-payer system that is in place and working. It is called the Veterans Administration Health Care System. It is very much underfunded, so it does not cover the needs of all veterans but that could be changed by Congress. Congress, however, talks a good game about supporting the veterans but then cuts the funding to the VA.

If any of this troubles you, now is the time to make your voice heard in the office of your senators and your House representatives. Right now, before you are paying even more and receiving much less.

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