There, There - Health Care Will Still Make House Calls
"Repeal Obamacare!" the new Republicans all chant when questioned by pundits about their first order of business. Oh, they chatter about reducing spending, but won't say where the cuts will be ("all across the board" is about as specific as they get). And there's noise about reducing social spending, but if someone asks if they will reduce Medicare, their eyes glaze over and they shake their heads with vigor. Oh, no! Not that! Seniors might be watching! Lots of promises, no specifics.
Rest easy, everyone who is happy that health care reform, meager as it is, has come to this nation. The Republicans are not going to be able to repeal "Obamacare." (By the way, anyone who says "Obamacare" has revealed themselves to be far right wing, for President Barack Obama had nothing to do with writing the health-care bill. He merely sent a sketch of what he would like to see to Congress and let the legislators write their own bill. The result was not exactly what he had in mind, but he signed the bill anyway.)
Here's why the repeal of health care is not going to happen. First of all, people are getting their first taste of it, and many people like it. Doctors approve of it. I've had the unfortunate experience of being in contact with many doctors lately and they are all for the the health-care law. If there's something a doctor can't stand, it'a a health insurance company. So, if these emboldened Republicans wait long enough they are going to find that Suzy Q. Voter of their district, who just had cancer surgery, is thrilled with the new law, because she wasn't ruled out for having a prior condition. And a local kid, who was previously unable to get treatment for his asthma, is alive today because his parents got him in on their policy. Uh-oh. The tide will be changing.Continued on the next page