Joining three other major providers, insurance giant Aetna recently announced the company will stop selling Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in 2017. Company reps cited a loss of revenue as the main reason for the change. The company plans to sell individual insurance policies in only four states — a nearly 70 percent decrease from 2016.
Controversy has surrounded the ACA — also known as Obamacare — since it was signed into law in 2010. Proponents of the measure argue that millions of Americans who had previously been unable or ineligible to get healthcare have been signed up for healthcare plans. Critics say that coverage comes at a huge cost to every American, who they say are forced to subsidize citizens who are unwilling to work, or have willfully neglected their own health and are using the law as a sort of “bailout.”
Let’s Get Real
Personally, today’s announcement further solidifies what I’ve been saying for years now: Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation in the history of legislation. It is a anti-democracy, anti-American measure that should never have been forced upon the citizens of this great nation, and it must be immediately repealed.
The reality is that things are only to get worse for this misguided rule. As more and more providers pull out of the heinous insanity that is the ACA, Americans the country over will continue to suffer in silence, as the quality of healthcare further declines, and already inflated premiums continue to skyrocket — threatening hard-working, tax-paying citizens with bankruptcy and financial ruin.
Obamacare cheerleaders are quick to tout the fact that nearly 98 percent of Americans are now insured. This is due in no small part to the penalties — financial and otherwise — that face those who don’t “fall in line.” Meanwhile, the people in most need of urgent care are left with sub-par plans that don’t even begin to address or resolve their health woes.
America is better than this. We are in desperate need of a single payer system where all citizens have access to truly affordable, quality care. Enough of this charade!
Healthcare should be focused on preventative measures (such as exercise and healthy eating habits) and alternative medicine, rather than the current framework of drugging up the populace to such an extent that they have no idea where or who they are.
Meanwhile, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump must give specific, concrete information on what they will do to fix this broken system. Trump needs to stop with the vague slogans and offer real solutions. Clinton needs to explain how she’d improve and build upon Obamacare to guide it away from the absolute train wreck it currently is.
Until we can have educated, realistic conversation and subsequent legislation to fix this country’s healthcare troubles once and for all, we will continue to merely spin the wheel, while people wait and die for the quality healthcare they should have had all along.
My Two Cents
by Peter P. Gaseoustania