Republican Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz are happily leading yet another blatantly political effort to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an effort which would leave millions of Americans uncovered by accessible, affordable health insurance.
Moreover, if these honorable senators are successful in this effort, health care insurance companies would again be able to:
- Deny coverage to anyone at any time for any pre-existing condition
- Drop any policy holder at any time for any reason, without rationale or even an explanation
- Place arbitrary ‘caps’ on the amount of money they decide to pay for a policy holder’s health care
If the Paul, Lee, and Cruz gift to health care insurers worth billions of dollars wouldn’t be enough, their effort to defund the ACA would effectively kill:
- Improved care and health care protections for senior citizens
- Improvements to women’s health care services
- Preventive services designed to keep Americans healthy and out of emergency rooms and hospital beds
- Reforms that require the health care industry to, for the first time ever, actually cut wasteful spending
Why are Paul, Lee, and Cruz so dead-set on handing a multi-billion dollar gift to health care insurers by killing health care coverage for millions of Americans?
They won’t tell us.
Seriously . . . they won't tell us . . . not really!
I mean, they throw around lots of highly-charged rhetoric about how ObamaCare will cost too much and won’t work, but they refuse to give us any provable facts or figures.
For example, Republican Senator Rand Paul recently went on the Daily Show and threw out the following misstatement: Talking about young Americans, Paul said, “You tell them you must buy insurance. But they say, well, I make $30,000.00 a year but insurance now costs $15,000.00. How do they buy insurance if they make $30,000.00 and insurance costs $15,000.00?”
The inconvenient truth is that under the ACA a single person earning $30,000.00 per year would pay less than $2400.00 per year in health care premiums.
If Rand Paul and his cohorts are successful in defunding ACA, however, that same single person would be at the mercy of an unleashed health care insurance industry and would likely pay pre-ACA premiums of $14,000.00 or more per year.
Mike Lee, not known as the brightest bulb in Washington, the Utah freshman senator who seems to be driven to defund the ACA by his fear of being ‘primaried’ by the Tea Party, wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a letter which opens with the following factually-challenged premise: “We view the Obama Administration’s recent decision to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate and eligibility verification for the individual exchanges as further proof the law is a failure that will inevitably hurt businesses, American families, and the economy.”
Lee’s inability to be honest about the Obama Administration’s reason for delaying the employer mandate is sadly unfortunate.
The good senator knows what everyone else in Washington knows: The Obama Administration delayed the employer mandate to give employers more time to prepare to more efficiently and effectively implement the ACA . . . nothing more, nothing less.
Nevertheless, the best interests of the American people are clearly not high on Lee’s list of priorities . . . this is, after all, a man who proudly threatens to shut down the entire federal government if President Obama doesn’t cave in to Lee’s demand to disassemble the ACA.
Texas freshman Senator Ted Cruz is either more intellectually-challenged than Senator Mike Lee (hard to imagine) or he is simply sadly deluded.
Let’s let Cruz speak for himself: "There's bipartisan agreement that ObamaCare isn't working,” the good senator recently said. “Democratic Senator Max Baucus, the lead author of ObamaCare, says it's a huge train wreck."
Cruz evidently is unaware that ‘ObamaCare’ has yet to be implemented so, one wonders, how could Senator Baucus or anyone else pronounce it a ‘train wreck’?
The question that begs to be answered is, Are senators like Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz the best we can do?
Remember your answer the next time these three dare to run for reelection.
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