Projects around the house can take on a life of their own, and seem never-ending. I spent a good deal of time last summer, and last fall, tackling several projects. Not to brag, but in some circles I’m known as a master of the miter box. My aim isn’t perfection, it’s simply knowing things are working as they should. When the next thing which needs repair, or an update, becomes apparent I’ll address is. However, not once did I ever think it would be easier to demolish my house in order to fix a few problems. That’s too extreme.
I was shocked when I began hearing some people say: “Repeal Obamacare, but leave the ACA alone. That’s the one I’m on!” I’d just shake my head in disbelief. Sometimes the name matters. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), AKA: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is, wait for it… Obamacare!
When the Affordable Care Act was passed, it was done so with grumblings from the Right. We started to hear the GOP insist it would be repealed and replaced. Years went by, and it never happened. People, including Republicans, began to use it. More people gained coverage, and issues were brought up. Those issues weren’t dealt with properly. Some began referring to it as Obamacare, and that name stuck. Lately I’ve heard Republicans say they’re working on a replacement. One point which sticks out is that those with pre-existing conditions would have about two years to get coverage, a “reasonable amount of time” as stated by one Congressman (apologies, I’ve forgotten his name). What irks me with this is the idea that those with pre-existing conditions wait as long as possible to gain coverage. That is simply not true. As someone with a pre-existing condition, I was thrilled when I was able to have health insurance. I no longer had to pay out of pocket for everything. I signed up as soon as I could. I now fear I’ll lose my coverage. If and/or when that happens, perhaps I’ll send my next medical bill to the White House. I have coverage right now. I don’t want it to end. I don’t know how to state that any other way.
The ACA (or Obamacare, whatever you prefer to call it) was meant to be a work in progress. To be improved upon. Like my house. The basics are there. Improve upon it, don’t demolish it. That’s too extreme.
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