Giving Compass' Take:
- This article shares their perspective on how Congress can assist in the current Affordable Health Care Act's revision.
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For seven years, members of the House and Senate repeatedly promised the voters that they would repeal and replace Obamacare. The voters repeatedly rewarded them with election to office, and Republicans secured majorities in the House and Senate.
It is amazing that even the “skinny repeal” measure could not garner 50 Senate votes. That measure was in itself light years away from anything even remotely resembling a coherent and consequential health policy.
For millions of middle-class Americans, paying their health insurance bills is now equivalent to taking out a second mortgage. Competition among insurers is declining precipitously in the individual markets (Aetna just recently pulled out of the Obamacare exchanges), and more and more Americans are left with fewer choices and narrower networks of doctors and other medical professionals.
The ultimate goal of that process is to give Americans direct control over the flow of their health care dollars, as well as control over their health care decisions. Real health care reform would result in a dramatic increase in Americans’ personal freedom, and a restoration of the traditional doctor-patient relationship.