A federal judge recently ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional because the individual mandate, repealed in the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is no longer in force. Even though existing federal health-care laws will remain in effect during the appeals process, states should not panic and codify Obamacare into state law, as it is not certain how long federal subsidies will remain intact.
While the courts hear the appeals, and with Democrats winning back control of the U.S. House of Representatives largely on the health-care issue, another furious debate is about to unfold.
Democrats will probably introduce some kind of government-centric plan, while Republicans are poised to introduce their own free-enterprise solution. What we all want are simply more choices at lower net costs.
Government health care for all: The progressive-left is pushing a fraudulently named “Medicare For All” boondoggle, which is really nothing more than an expansion of government-run Medicaid, with its added new 10 percent payroll tax, and the elimination of private insurance companies and all of their jobs. Under Obamacare’s many mandates and taxes, premiums have nearly doubled nationally; at the same time consumers ended up with fewer choices because of the one-size-fits-all nature of the government scheme. Further, individuals and families often cannot afford the intolerable deductibles that insurance companies are compelled to impose, meaning many of us often cannot even access the care we may need – and have paid for.
Even though more Americans and Rhode Islanders are insured, the costs have been enormous.
Taxpayers, insurance markets, and the economy have suffered negative consequences from these costly government mandates. It is misguided to think that more of this same government control would change this unfortunate trajectory.
Yet, there is another approach that reaches the same goal of insuring more people, while also lowering costs… Click here now to read more in the Providence Journal.