Replace It With What?

We can all rejoice now that Obamacare is in full swing and is up and running…err…..well, kind of up and running. I mean, there is a website and all (www.healthcare.gov). Not that the presence of a website seems to mean much right now since it doesn’t really work.

The healthcare.gov website is basically the laughing-stock of the country right now with everyone from Jay Leno to John Stewart literally making fun of it.

See John Stewart ripping into the website (and calling it a “turd” on The Daily Show here.

The fact that the government can’t get a simple website to work is not only laughable, but indicativeĀ of the efficiency and competence that is standard of government programs. Oh wait, efficiency and competence from the government? Who has heard of such a thing?!?

Yes folks, the debacle that is the government health care website is a good sign of where health care is going to end up with the government at the reins and with the Affordable Health Care Act still the law of the land…right into the toilet.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky had this to say about Obamacare:

“Just as the Stamp Act did in 1765, Obamacare should act as a wake-up call.”

The Affordable Care Act is and will be one of the biggest government disasters in our nation’s history, and it will. The Democratic Party knows it, even though they will not admit it. The Obama administration knows it, even though none of them will admit it. The Republican Party knows it, although they have known it ever since before it was even voted on. I mean really, what kind of idiots allow a bill to be passed through Congress before they have even read the damn thing? Oh, that’s right, the United States Congress. Hell, the Speaker of the House (at the time of its passage), Nancy Pelosi actually said that they needed to pass the bill so they can find out what’s in it. What the hell kind of thing is that to say? That is not leadership! That is not good government! That is just asinine! And what is worse? That even after these idiots made the wrong choice and let that dung pile of a bill pass through Congress before even reading it, the people of their respective states still voted them back into office!

No wonder we have idiots running the country. They are obviously true representatives of the people that they are elected to represent. Garbage in. Garbage out.

However, even as much as a disaster as this thing is even though the powers that be know it, the efforts to repeal the law are met across the board with scorn and contempt. One of the biggest arguments that the proponents (and the undecided, or just uninformed) seem to have is…

If we got rid of it, there would be nothing to replace it with?

My first reaction to that argument is something that I heard American economist Thomas Sowell say about it:

“No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticized it can expect to hear: But what would you replace it with? When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?”

But in all seriousness, just because there isn’t anything to replace a bad law with does not make the law any better.

However, the real answer to the comment that there is nothing to replace it with is that there is something to replace it with, even though you will not hear the lamestream media talk about it. In fact, there are few sources outside regular news sources where you can find any information about it.

It is House Resolution 2300. It was introduced by Representative Tom Price of Georgia and it is called the Empowering Patients First Act. It was introduced by Rep. Price in June of this year and it already has nearly 40 co-sponsors.

The idea behind the bill is to first and foremost repeal the Affordable Care Act and set four main objectives:

  • Ensure access to health coverage for all Americans.
  • Rein in out-of-control costs.
  • Solve insurance challenges of portability and pre-existing illness.
  • Improve the health care delivery structure.

Some of the basic functions of the bill are to initiate tax deductions of low-income individuals to purchase health insurance, give patients portability of their insurance so that they own their insurance policies rather than their employers, and gives power to make medical decisions to doctors and patients rather than health insurance companies or the government.

There are more provisions in the bill but these areas are pretty much the meat of it. It helps solve the problem with the increasing numbers of the uninsured, without resorting to higher taxes and/or penalties and without draining the coffers of the U.S. Treasury like Obamacare does. It solves the problem with not being able to get insurance due to pre-existing conditions without resorting to effectively putting the health insurance industry out of business. And most importantly, it takes the power over health care away from the government and back to where it really belongs, with the patient themselves and their doctors.

It is a true market-driven health care reform bill, rather than a government-driven health care reform bill.

So when somebody tells you that there is not a Republican alternative to the cataclysm that is Obamacare, you can tell them that there is an alternative. It is the Empowering Patients First Act.

You can read more about the bill, and actually read the entire text of the bill itself (which I am still working on) at the following link:

H.R. 2300: Empowering Patients First Act of 2013 at GovTrack

Note: As of this writing this bill has been referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Education and the Workforce Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Rules Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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