While most Republican voters want to see Obamacare ended, now the Republicans in the U.S. Senate are trying to pass bills that protect Obama’s socialist health care law. Instead of repeal, GOP leadership is trying to enlarge it.
Ten traitorous GOP Senators introduced a bill to protect Obama’s fiscally irresponsible provision to force insurance companies to issue policies to people with pre-existing conditions.
The ten Republicans are apparently afraid that they are being portrayed as anti-Obamacare by the Democrats, according to The Hill newspaper.
The legislation is an effort by the GOP to push back on the Democratic attacks, and it shows the concern among Republicans over the court case ahead of the midterms.
“There are strong opinions on both sides when it comes to how we should overhaul our nation’s broken health care system, but the one thing we can all agree on is that we should protect health care for Americans with pre-existing conditions and ensure they have access to good coverage,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), a main sponsor on the measure. “This legislation is a common-sense solution that guarantees Americans with preexisting conditions will have health care coverage, regardless of how our judicial system rules on the future of Obamacare.”
The lawsuit filed by some Republican states argues that ObamaCare is now unconstitutional because Congress last year repealed the 2010 health-care law’s penalty associated with not having insurance.
The Department of Justice responded, saying most of the law could stand, except for protections for those with pre-existing conditions that prevent insurers from charging them more or denying coverage.
Senate Republicans said their bill would amend federal law to guarantee the availability of health insurance to all Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions, regardless of the outcome in the federal lawsuit.
The legislation also would prevent insurers from increasing premiums due to pre-existing conditions. However, health experts note that the bill would allow insurers to exclude coverage of pre-existing conditions.
The Republicans signing onto this socialist extravaganza are as follows:
- Lisa Murkowski
- Lamar Alexander
- Chuck Grassley
- Dean Heller
- Bill Cassidy
- Jone Ernst
- Lindsey Graham
- John Barrasso
- Roger Wicker
- Thom Tillis
The whole idea of forcing insurance companies to hand out every average policy to people with pre-existing conditions has always been fiscally irresponsible. Oh, sure, it sounds nice, but the problem is forcing an insurance company to include people whose expenses are already many times higher than the average enrollee defeats the whole idea of “insurance.”
Worse, by forcing insurance companies to include people with sky-high expenses with the rest of us, it dives up costs for all of us. We all pay higher premiums to make up for those with higher expenses, our benefits are cut because of them, and our coverage falls. And, if they then tell companies that they can’t do any of that, the companies go out of business or stop selling healthcare insurance and we all lose our insurance.
The better idea is to create a separate federal program for those who can’t get normal insurance, not make everyone’s insurance so expensive that no one can afford it. But isn’t it just like government to hurt everyone to “help” a tiny number?
Ronald Reagan had it exactly right when he said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
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