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.