On October 1, 2013, health care delivery in this country will begin to change. The results will be good for everyone. For the first time, the trajectory of health care costs will gradually begin to turn down. Over several years, health care insurance premiums will fall and health care costs will commensurately begin to drop. Just as with inflation or deflation, the markets will trend, and the trend now will be towards lower costs.
In spite of all the lies about “government takeover” and “death panels” which now seem silly, and the $400 million dollars spent on lobbying Republican legislators in 2009 alone by the health care industry, the American people have succeeded in creating a new, better, fairer and more efficient health care system. No repeals can stop it now.
The Republicans, to their credit, have remained loyal to their Masters…the health care industry…insurance companies, the conservative doctor organizations, hospital chains, pharmaceutical companies, the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce. They have voted against every single one of their constituents to be faithful to the almighty dollar of the American health care industry…to keep them looting the American people and cheating them out of health care…while pretending to do the opposite.
But all that is at an end. With the 37th Republican and Tea Party attempt to repeal affordable health care for Americans, and with 29 Republican governors still out there, trying to make implementation of universal health care as difficult as possible–the American people have spoken.
Forget all the other issues–gay marriage, abortion rights, wars, economic conditions—the American people had the opportunity to turn down something very valuable to them and their children and grandchildren—something that was lobbied against by the most powerful political forces in the country–yet the People did not reject it. They saw that an American President had fought against difficult, almost insurmountable, odds to win a better life for everyone. And they said: “Yes we can and yes we will!” And they voted Democrats into office and into control, so that no repeal could take place.
So with the assurance that life is going to change, it is time to revisit the Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act, often known as “Obamacare.” The world of health care for American citizens has changed already but the biggest changes begin this fall. [Read more →]