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Who ‘Owns’ Healthcare? And Who Will Fix It?

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Who ‘Owns’ Healthcare? And Who Will Fix It?
President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obamacare remains the healthcare law of the land. If you listened to Democrats while the Republican health care bill was being legislated, there was nothing wrong with the present health care law. If you listened to Republicans during the grueling process of trying and failing to pass their bill, it was in a death spiral and on the verge of collapse. “Bad things are going to happen to Obamacare,” said Trump, “There’s not much you can do about it. It’s not sustainable.”

Now that the Republican bill has been pulled, it seems that many are admitting how much work needs to be done on Obamacare. . .and the responsibility has been firmly placed on the Trump administration.

President Trump’s team and the Republican majority will have to decide whether 20 million people who gained coverage in the 2010 health reform will remain insured. The insurance companies have found that the population is more sick than expected and the costs are much higher. So rates have been raised and some of the insurers have just exited the market completely.

The carriers are now saying that it is in the hands of the Trump administration as well as the Republican lawmakers to make the necessary changes so that they can continue to participate in providing healthcare. If changes aren’t made, more carriers are just going to exit the system creating even less competition.

“If Republicans want to stabilize the market, they have the tools to do so,” said Dr. Mario Molina, chief executive of Molina Healthcare. “If they don’t act, they can’t say Obamacare exploded. They made the decisions that led to people losing their coverage. They can’t shift the blame anymore.”

There’s no doubt that the previous rhetoric and actions of Republican leaders led to damage within the Obamacare system. And there is no doubt that there were inherent problems with the plan that created great unrest among the general population. But what should be done now?

Should the President’s administration and the Republican leaders just let the present healthcare system implode? Or should they work to fix the very system they promised to repeal and replace? Is it no longer a question of who is to blame, and now an issue of caring for the most people in the best way possible? We would love to know what you think our present leadership should do. What is the next step?

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