Repeal! Replace with…..?

Some of the good things that Romney and the GOP want to take away. Are they OK with repealing all of this?

Young adult coverage: Already in effect, dependent children can stay on parents’ plan up to age 26.

First phase of consumer protections: Already in effect, a prohibition on lifetime limits for insurance coverage. No denying coverage to children based on pre-existing conditions.

Restrictions on annual coverage limits.

Health insurance exchanges: The creation of state exchanges across the country where consumers can shop around for insurance plans, set to take effect in 2014.

Second phase of consumer protections: Guaranteed coverage regardless of health, and a prohibition on annual coverage limits.

Employer coverage mandate: Requirement that businesses with more than 50 workers offer coverage or pay a fine, set to take effect in 2014.

Tax credits: Tax credits and subsidies available to individuals making up to 400 percent of federal poverty line, for insurance coverage – set to take effect in 2014.

Medicaid expansion: Massive expansion of Medicaid set to go into effect in 2014. Roughly 16 million Americans were expected to be covered under this expansion.

Just curious. If they are fine with repealing all of this, at least they stand on principle. REPEAL!!! Replace with…..?

Well….

MITT’S PLAN

On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.

In place of Obamacare, Mitt will pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government’s role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition. 

Sounds like that is what is in existence already Mitt.

Restore State Leadership and Flexibility

Mitt will begin by returning states to their proper place in charge of regulating local insurance markets and caring for the poor, uninsured, and chronically ill. States will have both the incentive and the flexibility to experiment, learn from one another, and craft the approaches best suited to their own citizens.

Hey states…YOU GUYS figure this out. You are on your own!!!

Promote Free Markets and Fair Competition

Competition drives improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, offering consumers higher quality goods and services at lower cost.  It can have the same effect in the health care system, if given the chance to work.

OK Mitt., more detals. It sound like you just want to keep the status quo.

Empower Consumer Choice

For markets to work, consumers must have the information and the power to make decisions about their own care.  Placing the patient at the center of the process will drive quality up and cost down while ensuring that services are designed to provide what Americans actually want.

You know, for a minute, I was almost sold on Ayn Rand’s philosophy. I was ALMOST sold until I thought about her concepts. Rational Self Interest?Limited Government? OK. Like that has EVER worked in any time in history. I don’t like totalitarianism either, but this hands off approach to government is what got us into the mess we are in today.

It is all about balance. Everything in life is about balance. There needs to be a way to balance the limited government with the approach progressives have been putting forth. We have to meet somewhere in the middle.

With the Affordable Care Act in place, I’m glad to see the conversation started about health care. I ‘m also happy to see the Supreme Court upholding the legality of it. I just see the GOP as a bunch of fools that are still insisting on fooling the vast majority of Americans with rhetoric that makes little sense. They want to repeal several great regulations that actually help people but want to replace it with the same thing we already have. Not good.

FOUR MORE YEARS!

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