I used to get mad when people said the word “Obamacare”. One time I recall vehemently correcting my Dad, “It’s not OBAMACARE. OBAMACARE does not exist, it’s the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act! You may also call it the ACA!” Well all that snottiness has gone down the river as Republicans attempt to repeal OBAMACARE and keep playing with new names. Instead of Affordable Care Act, let’s call it the American Health Care Act! Oh. That didn’t work? How about- the Better Care Reconciliation Act. I can only imagine how much marketing effort has gone into these titles. We all know the truth though- this is going to go down in history as Obamacare.
How is Obamacare doing now? Obviously this is up for debate. However, earlier this month the International Foundation of Employee Benefit plans took a survey of 727 Employers across America and asked the question: “Do you want the ACA Repealed Entirely?” 70.8% of those Employers said NO. Additionally, 88.4% of those same Employers stated that if the ACA is, in fact, repealed they would keep at least some if not all the already implemented provisions in place. Repealing the ACA would not change their administration! If you would like to see a copy of this survey email me and I’ll send it to you- it’s extremely detailed (and fascinating!).
Why are Employers saying this? I have a few guesses. But let’s talk about the most basic and obvious one: You can’t GIVE Employees a benefit and then say “Actually…forget it”. It’s the equivalent of handing your child an ice cream cone then saying, “I’m going to need you to give me that cone now.” Anyone who has kids knows exactly what I’m talking about. There’d be hell to pay! Employees would not take this news well, and when business is good- NO ONE wants to rock the boat.
So why are Republicans working so hard to ‘Repeal and Replace’ the whole thing? Because they said they would! It’s no secret- this was kind of a BIG DEAL during the election process. Also? Here’s the shocking secret: Obamacare is not perfect! The Affordable Care Act was MEANT to be the first step in an ongoing process of changing our healthcare system from the inside out. So YES- more change is required. But I believe we need to be BUILDING on what we have rather than tearing apart. We need to move forward in a spirit of growth. YES, there is a lot of work to be done.
And someone needs to remind the Republicans who keep trying unsuccessfully to get this repeal vote passed with ZERO Democrat and not enough Republican support: There are no takebacks with Employees!