There is currently a lot of talk in Congress about repealing the ACA (or Obamacare). The problem as I see it, they have not put forth a viable alternative. They have said they have a better option, but (from what I know) we have yet to see any specifics. And yet, there is a bill being introduced right now (HR 175) cosponsored by my Congressman Justin Amash to repeal the ACA.
Now, I know that the ACA is not perfect. But I don't believe that repealing it without first even discussing what will take its place is ill advised. Stupid actually. Leave the ACA in place until such a time as the Republican plan can be read, investigated and discussed. Then, if it is a better plan, move forward.
I for one, am an advocate of a Single Payer system, but that is a discussion for another day.
Here is my email to Mr. Amash. I invite you to ask him about this as well.
Hello Mr. Amash -
I see that you are a cosponsor of bill HR 175 - Repeal Obamacare Act. I am writing to urge you to rethink your position.
My father was paying over $600 a month for health insurance from his employer. Once the ACA kicked in his premium was reduced to $77 a month for the same coverage. This year already his premiums have risen to $101 a month. I can see those returning to the $600+ cost each month with an ACA repeal. I urge you to not continue on this path. The repeal of the ACA will hurt a lot of hard working Americans.
I understand you and your fellow Republicans say you have a better plan. But I have not seen any details of such a plan and until you release very specific details about how you will replace the ACA, I strongly urge you to not put the cart before the horse. If you really do have a better option, I am all for it. But let's see the details first, BEFORE you dissemble the current law.
I look forward to your reply with specific details about why you are cosponsoring this bill and what you intend to replace it with. Please do not send me a form letter email. This is too important for that.
I will update this post when I get a response.
Here is the response I reviewed from Mr. Amash:
January 17, 2017
Dear Mr. Clements,
Thank you for contacting my office regarding Obamacare. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
Health care in the United States has grown increasingly expensive and inaccessible. Obamacare makes these problems worse, not better.
Health care costs are rising out of control because insurance companies, employers, and the government—not patients—control payment decisions. This system limits the choices available to patients, insulates them from the real costs of the available choices, makes health care providers less responsive to patients, and interferes with patients’ ability to control their own health care decisions in consultation with their medical providers.
These problems are only becoming worse under Obamacare. Although I have heard from constituents who are being helped by specific elements of Obamacare, I am also hearing from numerous constituents whose families are losing their current insurance policies and access to physicians, and who are facing drastically higher insurance costs.
Fundamentally, this system’s economic model does not work and makes it unresponsive to the needs of patients. It cannot improve the overall quality, availability, or affordability of medical care for the American people.
Our entire health care system needs reform, and I support finding ways to provide catastrophic health care coverage to people who can’t afford it, while maintaining a market-based system that provides choices and high-quality, affordable health care. The only way to get patient-centered health care reform is to repeal Obamacare and start over.
I have supported legislation to repeal Obamacare, including H.R. 596, which passed the House of Representatives on February 3, 2015. In addition, I supported H.R. 3762, which would have repealed major portions of Obamacare. This bill passed the House of Representatives and theSenate but was vetoed by President Obama on January 8, 2016.
I will keep your concerns in mind as I continue to monitor policy on these issues. Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to contact my office if I can be of further assistance.