Repealing Obamacare Won’t Fix Healthcare
President-elect Donald Trump ran a campaign platform which included repealing Obamacare within the first 100 days. Now that he’s been elected, he’s saying he may not repeal it after all. Many citizens of the United States find themselves frustrated by not knowing what Trump’s true intentions are for the healthcare system.
In a recent episode of Straight Talk MD, Ron Howrigon explains why he doesn’t think Trump will repeal Obamacare and what it will mean for America if he does.
“If Trump repealed and replaced Obamacare, would that make any substantive difference in the trajectory of health care?”
“I don’t think so…is the short answer. The longer answer is…If he wins, in order to repeal or replace he’s got to continue to hold the House and the Senate. He’s got to have majorities in each of the three. And even then, I think he has a difficult time finding Republican votes, enough Republican votes in both the House and the Senate, to actually repeal it. Because, think about it, what they’ll be doing then is telling 15 million people, 15 million potentially registered voters, that they’re taking away their insurance. And that’s a great way to become the ex-senator of your state.”
"What they'll be doing then is telling 15 million people, 15 million potentially registered voters, that they're taking away their insurance."
“The interim elections will be a disaster for those who vote for it.”
“Absolutely. I’d be willing to bet any amount of personal money that that doesn’t happen, just because, A) I don’t think Trump’s going to win the White House, and B) even if he wins and they hold the House and the Senate, boy a lot of people are going to be sick the day that that vote comes up. Because do you want to be the guy who voted to take away insurance from 15 million people?”
"And repealing it won't address the fundamental issue of - how do we deal with costs?"
“Conceptually, how would repealing Obamacare suddenly drive the cost down? I don’t understand that theory there.”
“Well and that’s the issue. The problem with Obamacare is it didn’t address the fundamental issue that drove it, which is cost. How do we control costs in our system? And repealing it won’t address the fundamental issue of – how do we deal with costs?
It reminds me of the scene from from the end of the old Robert Redford and Paul Newman movie, ‘Butch and Sundance’. And they’re there on the cliff. The guys are coming at them, and Butch says ‘we’ve got to jump into the river below’, and the Sundance Kid says, ‘No let’s fight it out.’ So Butch asks, ‘why don’t you want to jump?’ The Sundance Kid says, ‘I can’t swim’, and Bush just looks at him and says, “Hell, the fall is going to kill us!”
We’ve been worried about whether we could swim in Obamacare, and ignoring the fact that the cost problem is the fall that’s what’s going to kill us.”