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Editorial: Instead of repeal, make Obamacare work better

Posted January 20

The Affordable Care Act insured millions of Americans, but it's been dogged by problems that ensure Obamacare is headed for change.

A CBC Editorial: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017; Editorial# 8113
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

Since Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson arrived in Washington in 2013 he has voted, in one way or another, to repeal the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – no fewer than 14 times. On Friday, Jan. 13, Hudson declared: “Today’s vote is the beginning of the end of Obamacare.”

Since it passed, Republicans have made it a point of partisan political correctness to demand repeal of Obamacare. Sadly, that opposition was all about politics and not about healthcare. It turns out Republicans did a lot of saber-rattling about repeal and little thinking about what would happen to millions of Americans left behind if Obamacare was scrapped.

No sooner did Hudson – who represents a district that stretches along the southern tier of the state from near Charlotte east to Lumberton – cast his latest repeal vote, than he says he discovered “a lot of angst in our state” over repeal.

“My constituents are freaking out about commercials they are seeing on TV about how they are going to lose their health care,” he said.

Where in the world has Rep. Hudson been?

Like many of his fellow members of Congress who’d blindly promised repeal, Hudson is discovering that many of his constituents – a bunch of them Republicans – are dependent upon Obamacare and don’t want it repealed.

Now Hudson and his pals are backtracking.

“My message to folks is we’re not pulling the rug out from under anybody. We’re going to get it right,” Hudson told a gathering of health care officials in Pinehurst on Wednesday.

After seven years of fear-mongering and partisan bluster Hudson and his fellow Republicans NOW want to know what parts of the law work. Where have they been?

Hudson didn’t have to look far for an answer. Maybe he could have headed a few miles from his home, into Charlotte where Democratic Rep. Alma Adams hosted a town hall on Sunday about the future of Obamacare.

"I'm alive because I had healthcare," said Heather Wasp, a cancer survivor. "And I'm grateful for that, and I want that for everybody."

There is NOTHING about Obamacare that needs repealing. It is only for the fact that it was pushed by Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress, that there’s even a controversy. Instead of overheated slogans of “repeal and replace,” we’d just be dealing with a quiet bit of “tinker and fix.”

Rather than the phony symbolism and fearmongering of repeal, why not just keep the law and get serious about fixing any shortcomings?

Here’s an idea for Hudson and his fellow Republicans -- George Holding, Walter Jones, Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, David Rouzer, Robert Pittinger, Patrick Henry, Mark Meadows and Ted Budd:

Hold a series of town hall meetings in your districts and do the following:

  • Explain why it was a bad thing to have a program that provided health care coverage to 19 million people who didn’t have it.
  • Reveal why repeal of the law is needed.
  • Explain how all those with heath care now won’t lose it or be left with something that isn’t as good or more expensive.
  • Present your ideas on providing health coverage to an additional 500,000 North Carolinians that the General Assembly refuses to help.
  • Openly and honestly listen to your constituents about how they think the program is working, how it can be improved, and what kind of health care they and their neighbors need.
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  • Andy Holt Jan 22, 2:53 a.m.
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    As usual, WRALiberal is making a fool of itself. Obamacare is anything BUT affordable, and needs to be repealed immediately! It was shoved down our throats by the Liberals, and used as a tool to get on the route to a single payer, government run MANDATE! Thank the good Lord that he put a real president in our midst to FINALLY stop the insanity. Your "news" organization is NO better than CNN, and of course you won't be.... but you should be ashamed of yourselves!

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 20, 2017
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    We will finally get some IQ power from this administration, they will step up and do a far superior job.

  • Teddy Fowler Jan 20, 2017
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    Repeal it.... its way too problematic and designed poorly..... let's make the replacement a whole lot better

  • Marvin Sanderford Jan 20, 2017
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    "Reveal why repeal of the law is needed."
    Because having the government FORCE citizens to pay for a service, one that the government is running, is not legal, moral or ethical. We're already pay taxes to the government at the threat of imprisonment and fines.

  • Marvin Sanderford Jan 20, 2017
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    "Explain why it was a bad thing to have a program that provided health care coverage to 19 million people who didn’t have it." To contrast the multitude of people who lost their insurance or otherwise paided through the nose in increased cost.
    Explain how all those with heath care now won’t lose it or be left with something that isn’t as good or more expensive. Didn't the current president pledge something like "If you like your plan, if you like your doctor..." yet it's been proved time and time again it was a lie.

  • Jeff Freuler Jan 20, 2017
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    What's so affordable about it when you have families cancelling their health insurance because they cannot afford it. I have friends that cancelled theirs because their rates more than tripled.

  • Sean Creasy Jan 20, 2017
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    "There is NOTHING about Obamacare that needs repealing. It is only for the fact that it was pushed by Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress, that there’s even a controversy"..... I guess you don't consider the penalty that is imposed on those who don't qualify for the subsidy yet still can't afford the over priced, benefit lacking insurance a problem... I personally know one such person who has been unemployed for more than 3 years, who can't work due to injury, that has been denied disability, and can't afford the $368 a month "affordable" insurance provided by the government website.. How can the IRS impose a penalty on someone who is too poor to buy the insurance to begin with?
    "Explain how all those with heath care now won’t lose it or be left with something that isn’t as good or more expensive."....... Remember the "if you like your doctor you can keep them" speech? Yes it does need to be repealed and replaced with something better...

  • Barrett Powell Jan 20, 2017
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    First rule for getting out of a hole?....stop digging.

  • Johnathan Doe Jan 20, 2017
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    this may be the least bright of your editorials. one would have to assume that most of the 20 million are getting the welfare....errr sorry, "subsidy" as paying out of pocket for these policies completely results in massive premiums for not much coverage. My premiums have over doubled and the deductibles have tripled. As an added bonus the number of policies and companies has dwindled.

  • Brent Hall Jan 20, 2017
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    Amen!!! Listen to the public!