Advice for the incoming House of Representatives—Part 2—Obamacare

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
Abraham Lincoln

The country has had time to, as Speaker Pelosi described, “see what’s in the healthcare law,” which is colloquially called Obamacare. Obama wanted it. Obama pushed for it. Obama signed it. Now it is the law of the land, and the people have had a chance to see it. They do not like it. According to a recent Rasmussen poll http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law, 57% of likely voters want it repealed. When one considers that 20% of the population calls itself liberal, and want Obamacare, that leaves only 23% of the rest of the population who wants to keep it or is not sure.

Why is Obamacare so unpopular? Sorry, the reasons cannot be listed here. This is a mere blog, not the Library of Congress. There is not nearly enough room or time to list everything here, but perhaps there is enough room to list a few of the most egregious reasons.

First, in reference to Part 1 of this blog series, it is too long and too convoluted by at least a magnitude of ten. Instead of a single 2,200-page bill, it should be ten or fifteen single-subject bills, written in common English, instead of trying to disguise the disaster in legalese. For this reason alone, it needs to be repealed and completely rewritten. There is no way to modify this mess to the point it can be understood, and Obamacare has taught the American people that bills should be understandable.

If you are wondering how it could be broken down into smaller bills, take a few of the simpler items. College loans: why should college loans be included in a healthcare bill? Why is only one bank allowed to make college loans? There is no reason, unless one wants to allow only certain, approved-people into college . . . or someone wants to have a weapon to hang over students’ heads . . . or someone politically connected controls the bank.

What is tax law doing in a healthcare bill? Obamacare calls for 13,000 new IRS agents, a requirement for every business to send 10-99 tax forms to every entity from which it purchases more than $600 dollars worth of goods or services, and even includes something as silly as a tanning tax for those using tanning beds.

Why does Obamacare include a mandatory requirement for everyone to buy insurance? Either buy insurance or pay a fine. Never before has the government had the authority to force any American citizen to buy anything. On its face, this section of the law appears to be unconstitutional; however, if activist Supreme Court Justices say it is constitutional, should the citizens prepare for the mandatory purchase of a Chevrolet Volt from Government Motors? How about the purchase of individual carbon credits for every breath exhaled? What else could citizens be forced to buy? Let your imagination run wild because this may well be the slipperiest slope of history. If for no other reason, this is why this law must be repealed.

Still, even the worst of laws have a few good things in them. These things should be sought out and placed in a new healthcare law. Pre-existing conditions should not keep anyone from getting insurance, although it should probably require a higher deductable. Medicare and Medicaid fraud should be sought out and vigorously prosecuted (although it should probably be in an individual bill).

Along with salvaging the good sections of Obamacare, the rewritten healthcare bills should include things that were obviously left out. Things like tort reform. Things like insurance companies being allowed to compete for customers nationwide. Things like everyone being treated equally under the law: everyone includes unions and Congress members, as well as their families and their staff. If a law is good enough for the citizens of the Unites States, it is good enough for the Congress that passes it.

There is no doubt; Obamacare needs to be repealed and rewritten. If the replacement bills are good bills, and easily understood bills, both Republicans and Democrats should be proud to vote for them. The President should be proud to sign them into law. If they are good bills, and Democrats do not want to vote for them, and the President does not want to sign them . . . well, there is an election coming up in two years. The public is now awake.

In the meantime, Republicans, and Democrats who have heard 57% of their constituents speak, should do what they can to stop, or delay, the institution of Obamacare. It is a horrible bill.

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