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January 6, 2017      5:52 PM

Smith: The GOP Votes for Suffering

QR’s Liberal Columnist Glenn W. Smith argues that Republican leaders have no plans to replace the Affordable Care Act. Many Americans will get sick, stay sick or die unnecessarily if Obamacare is repealed.

Congressional Republicans and their co-conspirators around the country are slobbering all over themselves at the prospect of repealing Obamacare.

It’s the same barbarous mentality that led Texas leaders to refuse billions in federal dollars that would have helped millions of Texans get health care under Medicaid. In the case of Obamacare, the Right remains annoyed even though most who are benefitting from the law are buying insurance with their own hard-earned dollars. They argue that it’s a giveaway; and they argue it’s costing Americans too much. Which one is it? They don’t care.

Before Obamacare, insurance companies screened out those with medical conditions they didn’t want to be burdened with covering. The new law changed all that. These folks must now be covered. There is also no lifetime cap on claims. In the old days once you reached that accountant’s magic marker it was pay up or else (stay ill, expire, go broke, etc.).

The full column by Glenn W. Smith can be found in the R&D Department.

By Glenn W. Smith

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