The GOP has already been saying that they will run on repealing healthcare. Let’s look at the things that will already be enacted at that time.
NO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHILDREN WITH PRE?EXISTING CONDITIONS — Prohibits new health plans in all markets plus grandfathered group health plans from denying coverage to children with pre?existing conditions. Effective 6 months after enactment.
So will Republicans campaign to let these children go without coverage? I don’t know how well that will work. They are so worried about stopping abortion, yet once the child is out of the uterus they are on their own? Yes – try to argue that one Republicans.
IMMEDIATE HELP FOR THE UNINSURED UNTIL EXCHANGE IS AVAILABLE (INTERIM HIGH?RISK POOL) — Provides immediate access to affordable insurance for Americans who are uninsured because of a preexisting condition — through a temporary subsidized high?risk pool. Effective 90 days after enactment.
A high risk pool – the very same thing that the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate campaigned on. Are the Republicans going to get rid of one of the cornerstones of the McCain campaign? Will they be able to face the people this will affect and tell them “sorry – you’re out of luck”?
EXTENDS COVERAGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO 26TH BIRTHDAY THROUGH PARENTS’ INSURANCE — Requires new health plans and certain grandfathered plans to allow young people up to their 26th birthday to remain on their parents’ insurance policy, at the parents’ choice. Effective 6 months after enactment.
We all know the job market isn’t going to turn around before the election, so what do we tell America’s young people who can’t find employment, there for not being able to get coverage? Republicans know and admit that they are losing out on the younger vote, do they seriously think that this will help win them over?
Republicans need to come to grips with the fact that they have lost this battle. The losses started in November of 2008, when the American people elected the party that campaigned on health care reform. The Democrats listened to the people and have started the ball moving. This week we have new reform that will be signed into law. Do Republicans really think stripping away help from millions of Americans is a winning strategy? If so then it’s going to be a losing argument for them.