Republicans’ health care repeal attempt wastes time
As Republicans gear up to try — and most likely fail — to repeal Heath Care Reform, let’s see how it’s working for students.
Under the reform, children now can be covered by their parents’ insurance up until age 26. That’s a pretty sweet deal for those who can’t find a job in the tough market, are in graduate school or simply like to mooch. Health care for college students can be tricky and expensive, forcing many people to go without. The health care reform gives another option to those who qualify until they can get their own.
The law also will implement a policy preventing children under 19 from being denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. This will extend to everyone in 2014.
Also in 2014, there will be increased access to Medicaid aimed at individuals who are unemployed and make less than $15,000 a year and a new “Exchange” system to create a competitive market for individuals and small business health insurance plans. There also will be insurance options for individuals making less than $43,000 and are not offered insurance through their employers.
That’s tons of help aimed directly at young adults who are struggling in this economy and largely uncovered.
The Republican party has made it its mission to repeal the act as the new legislation’s first order of business launching a campaign to convince the American people to jump aboard. I guess the “let’s-play-nice-and-be-productive” vibe was thrown out the window.
The intense amount of near-propaganda aimed at informing citizens about the “socialist” and “job-killing” “Obamacare” are absurd. Regardless of how you stand on the health care issue, it should be clear that the Republicans’ claims are overreaching. It’s bothersome that after such a heated election season and tons of talk about bipartisan work, it all snaps right back to hard party lines and mud-slinging.
It’s up to us to sift through the truth and make our own decisions. It always has been. But more so now than ever, it is vital to seek out the facts and then consult the talking heads on TV. Get the facts directly from the government at healthcare.gov or a trusted nonpartisan source go to politifact.com, a Pulitzer Prize winning, fact-checking project by the St. Petersburg Times.
In an opinion piece written by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-New York, on Politico.com, he speaks the irrelevancy of the current debate. His first point is the efforts of the new legislation to deal with health care instead of tackling the economy and jobs. There are so many people receiving assistance from health care reform and going back on those promises is not only bad politics, it’s bad for the nation’s recovery.
If this conversation needs to happen, it needs to be after the country is back on its feet and can stand months more debate about the reform. After a near Republican takeover, there still is no chance for this repeal. It simply won’t happen. Why waste time, efforts and patience pursuing a fruitless argument? It will simply negate any bipartisan feelings left from the productive end of the last legislation and set a hostile tone for the next two years.
Alanna Thiede, opinion writer