The Unaffiliated Party Preliminary ACA / ObamaCare Solution
With the “implementation” of the Affordable Care Act only a few days away one thing is clear. The ACA is not ready for showtime and ignoring that reality is not the answer to our very real health care problems. You’ve got people and organizations upset on both sides of the spectrum, especially within the economy, from workers and labor unions to small business owners and corporations. I’ll keep my simple proposal short. The main problem with ObamaCare is that it is just too large of a program for the federal government to impose on a nation of 50 states and more than 300 million people. People often point to the health care systems of Canada or Sweden with envy yet fail to realize that their populations are only a fraction of ours. Canada’s population is about 1/10th the size, 34 million, and Sweden comes in at around 1/30th, 9.5 million.
The solution. I suggest the people of every state put the President’s ACA to a vote. Those states who want it can have it and those who don’t won’t. Whether this vote comes immediately or after further ACA delays is not the issue, the principal here is to allow Americans to decide what happens with their health care options. Something this impact cannot come down to a one size fits all solution. What the 38 million people of California think is right for them might not be what the 576,000 people of Wyoming think is right for them. The People and the States have a right to decide what they feel is best for them. For those within a state who are unhappy with the final voting results I do propose a solution near the end of this post. Some of the actions available are to either put up with it, organize to change things or move to a state with the desired system if necessary. After all, America was founded on the idea that “I can do better someplace else”.
Competition, it’s the only way I know of to keep prices down and improve quality. Look at electronics, year after year its one of the few sectors where consumers prices consistently decrease which increases accessibility. By transforming the public / private health care issue into a state matter, not a national one, Americans will finally have a way to see past the rhetoric and see for themselves which ideas really are better for them. The health care costs of states that decide to go with the ACA or some revised version of it will be directly comparable to the costs of states that decide to let private options take their course.
Both sides of the public & private health care market will have to put up or shut up. The two competing systems will have an incentive to become efficient, valuable, and most importantly, sustainable, in order to convince America that it offers the BEST real world solutions for them. Currently, that incentive is missing. As time goes by Americans will see what really works and what is merely ideological hype.
A final part of the Unaffiliated Party Solution is to once again allow Americans on a state by state basis, to vote on renewing or replacing their health care market solution into the future if necessary, perhaps every 4 years. This renewed performance review will continually weed out any issues that become apparent as the years go by.
The last thing we need is for a federal government to implement another “too big to fail solution” whose failures are masked over with taxpayer money and whose implications and problems are passed on to the next generation with no way to do anything about it. I can go on and on regarding further specifics on this topic and others, but for now, this is my solution to the current debate our country is facing. Take it as simply “putting my two cents in” as they say. Feel free to comment & SHARE this post to show America that there are real solutions to be had by simply putting politics and partisanship aside. Think For Yourself.
– Mr Blacksheep @ www.UnaffiliatedParty.org
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