Republicans incessantly complain about a law that has proven successful for millions of American citizens. Criticizing something logically requires that group or individual to have in place a viable alternative; Republicans do not. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have disastrous repercussions.
If the Supreme Court once again aligns itself with Republicans and declares the subsidies eight million Americans receive under the ACA unlawful, what will be the result?
The greatest damage would occur if the ACA was repealed in its entirety. Not only would ten million people no longer have health insurance, the insurance companies would lose millions of dollars in revenue. The stock market would suffer a drastic downturn. The ACA has proven to be beneficial for all concerned and would have a negative effect on the economy in general, not just ten million people.
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Republicans and the TEA Party, similar results will occur. With eight-and-one-half million removed from the system, the ACA would become unsustainable.
The question is; why don’t Republicans and the TEA Party want all Americans to have health insurance? Why do they believe that health care should be a privilege and not a right? They, themselves, have the best health care plan in the world, but they don’t want us to have the same access to necessary medical services. Congress is supposed to work for all Americans; denying the right to health care is more proof they only work for themselves and their true employers, big business.
Few proposals have been offered by members of the GOP regarding changes in the ACA or health care in general. They include eliminating the ability for parents to keep their children under their plan until age 26; return to disallowing coverage because of pre-existing conditions; and adding a proviso that malpractice lawsuits be capped or eliminated. None of these changes would positively affect the American people.
A few sane voices exist within the Republican Party, but none in the TEA Party. This division within the GOP will eventually create such serious discord that a singular party will become two. Republicans who have both concern for the American people, and enough political savvy to be aware that continuing their destructive path will eventually be political suicide must take the lead.
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (R-Wash.), is the fourth-ranking member in the House of Representatives, and may be the one member of the GOP to lead her party into the light. Speaking in April of 2014, she talked about the issues, and the futility of continually voting to repeal the ACA. She openly states that she does not believe it will be repealed, but that revisions are necessary.
She also suggested that Republican House members would have legislation addressing immigration ready for a vote before the midterms; of course that did not happen because of the lack of leadership by Speaker John Boehner and opposition from the TEA Party. She strays from the loud voices who oppose any reform and said that she believes in some form of reform which would allow twelve million illegal residents a path to legal status, without granting amnesty.
Ms. McMorris Rodgers is to be commended for returning to the intelligent and principled action demonstrated by the GOP before the infiltration of the TEA Party.
Our broken government can only be repaired if both parties return to an attitude of open deliberation and compromise. The TEA Party attitude of ‘my way or the highway’ must be removed in the same manner a cancerous growth is removed from the human body; quickly and completely.
Commentary by James Turnage