Letter: GOP health care plan represents progress

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
GOP health care plan represents progress

Do we as Americans owe our fellow Americans health care? That is a daunting question on which the two political parties are diametrically opposed.

I have a colleague who was without company paid insurance for a few months. He is 40, his wife stays at home with their young children and he earned $65,000 annually. His premium was $1,200 monthly and his deductible was $8,000 annually. Nothing was covered and he had to pay all the bills on his way to meeting the deductible. His family was strapped with mandated insurance, which amounted to more than 20 percent of their gross household income.

I changed employers and had to either take COBRA ($1,250) or buy Obamacare ($1,400 with a $10,000 deductible), as my new employer had a three-month waiting period. Obamacare allows you to be without insurance for 60 days. My lowest cost option was the $898 tax penalty. Obamacare amounts to catastrophic health coverage, and Americans don’t need “insurance” but an opportunity to see a health care provider and get “care.”

The Republican proposed plan is not perfect, but the administration and Republicans are trying to replace a failed system in the open light of day.

Republicans need to understand that those who are protesting most about Obamacare repeal and those worried about losing something are not the constituents who elected them. They ought not worry about a backlash from those who would not support their re-election or health care plan no matter what it contained.