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Republicans Beware: You Break Obamacare, You Own It

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    Donald Trump's election has many people, including myself, worried that the huge strides forward we made in ensuring as many people as possible can receive healthcare will all be for naught. That fear is even more exasperated by Donald Trump's choosing ardent Obamacare critic Tom Price to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the federal department tasked with overseeing Obamacare. While I am very concerned about what lies ahead, I think it's very important to make sure President-Elect Trump, Tom Price, and Congressional Republicans understand that taking away healthcare from millions of Americans sounds great in theory, but it will very likely come back to bite them where the sun don't shine in reality.

    It is no secret that Congressional Republicans don't like the Affordable Care Act. It's easy to do so when you are in the minority. But now Republicans will soon be in control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency and will actually be able to dismantle the program. That is a very scary prospect for millions of Americans who may see their insurance taken away from them simply because they aren't rich enough to afford care.

    Republicans have been promising that they will keep the popular portions of the law while doing away with the unpopular ones, but the problem here is that they aren't explaining how they will pay for anything. It's great to do away with the tax penalty for not getting coverage in theory, but what happens when healthy people don't sign up for coverage?

    So I hope Republicans will remind themselves of the prophetic words of Colin Powell shortly before the Iraq invasion: if you break it, you own it.

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    I'm very curious to see what he proposes to make the program better, as he has already said he wants to keep portions of it. So the whole 'I'm going to do away with Obamacare' mantra wholesale was a lie, or at least a poorly thought out statement. Clearly he has no real plans to stick to his pre-election promises exactly. In a way, that's a promising development.

    How can you afford Obamacare, by not making everyone buy in? Who the hell knows. I haven't heard a single pathway yet. But we shall see. I myself am a healthy, single male that has no insurance. And am going to have to pay the penalty for not having Obamacare this year, as for me, it is too expensive. And that fee is no small penalty. This year, they told me it will be about $1200.

    So I would ideally love for a way to opt out without penalty obviously. But even in my situation, where I have arguably the most to bitch about, I still get it. And I don't want others to lose out, just to make my tax situation a bit more comfortable every year. And no doubt, the day will come where I WILL need the care, and will be thankful I can't be denied for any financially unsound (on their part) 'pre-existing' condition.