Dear President Trump:
One of the reasons that I wasn’t overly concerned when the American Health Care Act was introduced to the public was because I assumed you would lead the way in calling it for what it is: Obamacarelite. It does so little to change the worst parts of the Affordable Care Act that only a fool would think this can have a substantial positive impact on the economy, the area of government in which you have the most expertise.
There have been conflicting reports about your stance. Some say you’re going to threaten those who stand in the way of the bill. Others say you’re willing to negotiate. This lack of a clear stance gives me hope that you’re willing to listen to reason.
Please take a look at this comparison chart put together by Texas Policy:
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) March 10, 2017
As you can see, some of the most economically irresponsible portions of Obamacare are reinforced by the American Health Care Act. This is not a repeal. It’s a repackaging of the same basic premise that gave us Obamacare. Adjusting tax credits and defunding Planned Parenthood are not enough to make this an acceptable trade off. We have an unprecedented opportunity to put America’s economy back on course. Passing the AHCA is counterproductive to your stated goals.
If I were an opportunist, I would hope that it passes and that you sign it. After all, we are building the Federalist Party to take on the Republicans and Democrats in an effort to rein in federal overreach and defend the freedoms that are being systematically dispersed by those in power. Passing and signing this bill would aid us in growth and make more Americans sympathetic to our cause. Thankfully, I’m an American before I’m a Federalist. As such, I’m acutely aware that passing this bill will keep us heading in the same horrible economic direction.
Obamacarelite will not fix the economy nor will it impact the healthcare system. I would prefer to see the GOP repeal Obamacare and leave it at that, but I understand that most in DC are unwilling to take that risk. It it must be replaced, then have Congress put together a plan that pulls the federal government out of healthcare over time. That should be the end goal: an insurance and healthcare systems that are free of government interference. Most of the safety nets are already in place for the most needy. If a few more are added while the vast majority of the healthcare industry is left to the private sector, we can have the best possible situation in a very short period of time.