BOLD SOLUTION A: Repeal Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act of 2009 (ACA), or Obamacare, is the centerpiece of a socialist agenda that I am fully committed to fight. I have four top reasons for taking this position:
1. OBAMACARE LEADS TO FINANCIAL RUIN.
Facts are facts: America is broke. Obamacare, the most massive and reckless entitlement in the history of our nation, will seal our destruction.
On March 13th, 2012, The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released revised projections on Obamacare’s total cost over 10 years. The revised figure is a breathtaking $1.76 TRILLION, doubling the previous $940 billion estimate. Click here for the CBO’s full report.
2. OBAMACARE KILLS JOBS.
A February 2012 Gallup poll found that 85 percent of small businesses are not currently hiring. Half of all respondents cited uncertainty about the impact of the federal health care law among their reasons. Small business has created approximately two-thirds of all American jobs over the last 15 years. to turn our economy around, we must encourage small business, not inhibit it.
In addition, Obamacare will decimate the private insurance industry, costing thousands more valuable private sector jobs across the country. High health care costs stem largely from government mandates on what insurers must cover. Each new mandate raises the risks and the potential costs that those insurers must bear, giving them little choice but to increase prices. Obamacare intensifies this problem by creating a glut of new mandates and making it increasingly difficult for consumers to afford the prices that private insurers are forced to charge. This reality will ultimately force most private insurers out of business.
3. OBAMACARE HURTS FAMILIES.
The title of President Obama’s health care law alone is a cruel joke on America. Far from making health care more affordable, Obamacare significantly raises the cost of care–and the cost of living–for everyone. Paying for your family’s health care might still be manageable. Pile on the health care costs of thousands of others, and the concept of affordability disappears altogether.
Moreover, the same mandate mechanism that will drive private insurers out of business will eliminate competition and choice for consumers. Competition and choice are direct contributors to keeping costs low.
Individuals and families are facing enough challenges in a difficult economy without piling on more expense and hardship.
4. OBAMACARE DESTROYS INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.
Obamacare grants the federal government control of our most personal decisions, laying the groundwork to violate the privacy of not only your personal records but also the relationship between you and your doctor. It further provides for the establishment of protocols to determine the regimen of care you can receive.
The United States Constitution is clear. The federal government has exceeded its limited powers. Obamacare has nothing to do with the self-determination our Founding Fathers had in mind.
BOLD SOLUTION B: Roll Back Other Regulatory Health Care Mandates
In addition to repealing Obamacare, we must unleash the free-market to solve the problem of high health care costs.
To facilitate this process, it is crucial to roll back health care coverage mandates and other related regulations that drive up health care costs. Many of these mandates were created at the state level and must be addressed there. However, those mandates that do exist at the federal level should be promptly addressed in order to give the market the freedom it needs to develop the products and services that consumers actually want at prices they can truly afford.