With less than two weeks to go, the race for the White House is finally focusing on the issue that should have topped the list of the 2016 campaign —ObamaCare.
Formally known as the Affordable Care Act, the health care law is anything but affordable. In fact, Democrat Governor Mark Dalton of Minnesota, once a champion of the law, recently offered the grim assessment that the Affordable Care Act is quite ironically named since its totally unaffordable for many Americans.
Even Bill Clinton called the law “the craziest thing in the world.”
According to the Department of Health & Human Services, ObamaCare premiums in the exchanges are set to rise on average over 20%. In Arizona, the increase is a stunning 116% while in many states providers are pulling out entirely because they’re losing money leaving citizens with few options for coverage.
I have many friends who’ve been particularly affected. Ironically, the people I know who have been most harmed by the law are single moms who are independently employed. They tell me stories of being forced into HMOs costing much more money and receiving in return far inferior coverage. Clearly, that’s not what Obama and congressional Democrats promised when they passed the law with zero Republican support.
History will no doubt record the circus atmosphere of this cycle’s presidential contest. While Americans struggle to pay high premiums for health care, there has been barely a mention of the ObamaCare mess in the media. Rather than focus on the real issues that citizens going to vote should consider, the media instead elects to report on candidate activities decades old that might work on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians but which aren’t typical topics of a presidential campaign.
If this was an ordinary election, ObamaCare would have been a front and center issue as well it should be.
So with the election just a couple of weeks away and with Americans facing the ugly truth about the future of ObamaCare, what can voters do to affect real change in the health care law?
In a perfect Republican world, we win the House, Senate, and the White House. In the world we’re waking up to today it appears things aren’t looking so good on the last two fronts. That doesn’t mean something could change. Anyone who has ever been in politics knows that even a single day can be a very long time. And predictions of election outcomes are only that—predictions.
Remember our 33rd president, Thomas Dewey?
But those situations are obviously rare so at this stage we must be prepared for anything.
Whatever happens in the presidential contest, Republicans must work overtime the next two weeks to keep control of the House and Senate so if Hillary Clinton does become president there is a clear buffer against policies that will continue to move further to the left.
And if Donald Trump wins?
A Republican Congress will be the much needed icing on the cake.
Without that, it is almost a foregone conclusion that ObamaCare will continue its implosion and Canada may be become the envy of the world when it comes to delivering exceptional cutting edge health care to its citizens and not the other way around.