You may have heard of the Five Stages of Grief, but have you heard of the Three Stages of Obamacare Acceptance? Are you or a family member suffering from Obamacare-related ailments? Are you grieving over the fact that Obamacare – just – isn’t – going – away? To refresh your memory, the five stages of grief are: denial (Let’s pretend Obamacare never passed!), anger (This will ruin the country!), bargaining (…Government shutdown), depression (Well, that was a mistake.), and finally acceptance (Meh.) If there isn’t a Republican alternative to Obamacare, then the default position is to ‘accept’ Obamacare. At that point, it’s easy to see the parallels between accepting Obamacare and the stages of grief. Sigh. Greg Sargent of The Washington Post goes over the three stages of acceptance:
While this last stage may seem like waving the white flag of surrender, it may be a way to achieve changes now while we wait for the Republican Party to win the White House and Congress in 2016. THEN we can finally erase all traces of Obamacare!
Until then, that monster of a healthcare bill is still here, and we can only complain so long before people start pointing fingers at us for alternative solutions.
“It’s no longer just a piece of paper that you can repeal and it goes away,” said Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin and a Tea Party favorite. “There’s something there. We have to recognize that reality. We have to deal with the people that are currently covered under Obamacare.” (NYT)
Here are some of the Republican solutions to Obamacare:
As with the Obama health care law, the Ryan proposal demanded that insurers meet minimum standards of coverage and be prevented from excluding the sick. But instead of mandating penalties for failing to buy insurance, the approach would have automatically enrolled people unless they opted out. (NYT)
Whether or not these various approaches can be consolidated into an alternative solution to Obamacare is the question. Price was “cautiously optimistic” that pulling it all together into an Obamacare alternative might be possible and on the House floor during the 2014 elections.
“It’s the minority’s responsibility to provide a contrast,” [Price] said. “It’s important that we put forward an upbeat, positive proposal, so the American people know there is an alternative.” (NYT)
We can complain about Obamacare all we want, but there needs to be a Republican alternative to Obamacare before 2016.
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