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Don’t criticize Obamacare (01/15/2014)
From: Steven Schild

There’s no doubt that the rollouts of ObamaCare and MNSure have been badly botched, and that Democrats deserve much of the blame. But at a Jan. 11 meeting in Winona, State Sen. Steve Drazkowski made perfectly clear that he and his fellow Republicans are inconsistent, incoherent and out of touch on health care reform.

Government “doesn’t belong” in health care, Drazkowski said. (Does that mean he wants to do away with Medicare?) Instead, he said, private markets should take care of it.

But Drazkowski ignored the fact that we need health care reform precisely because the private market has failed miserably. It leaves 40-50 million Americans without coverage; yes, some of those people could afford but don’t buy health insurance — but many simply can’t afford it, so they go without. And many can’t buy the coverage they need because of pre-existing conditions, which creates the absurd situation of people being denied coverage for the conditions that pose the biggest threats to their health.

Pure and simple, the “free-market” system only works for insurance companies; it ignores people who can’t pay.

In criticizing ObamaCare and MNSure, Drazkowski ignored the fact that despite significant start-up problems, those programs are already helping real people. A Winona man at the meeting told this story:

He and his wife, both self-employed and in their early 60s, both suffered serious health issues in recent years; insurance on the open market would’ve cost them $2,000 a month. Through MNSure, they got coverage for about half of that — still a lot of money, but much less than the “free market” demanded.

That’s the kind of information you’ll never hear from Drazkowski and other Republicans, who, we must remember, have done nothing for health care reform but criticize. Republicans have offered no ideas of their own — maybe because they don’t have any. 

 

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