It's worth mentioning that most of the provisions of “Obamacare” have yet to even be enforced, such as mandatory coverage for all citizens, and requirement for all insurance companies to not deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Still, we see the GOP contenders acting as though the health system was immaculate and Obama is the sole cause of the problems and simply repealing his law will solve it.
It's important to discuss a little history here as it relates to the health system. First, there are currently 50 million Americans uninsured. As such, they can go to the ER for emergencies, but cannot follow up with a physician for long-term management of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol.
Allowing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cholesterol, to go unchecked causes the development of more serious (and dare I say expensive) conditions such as heart disease and renal failure. The cost of health care is rising, but doctor's pay is either frozen or going down.
We also have had a blooming problem of Medicare and medicaid fraud, in which health care providers, as well as those covered, misuse the coverage to extract more money from the system. What is the solution to this problem? Cutting the programs or going after fraud or both?
GOP contenders have repeatedly limited their discussion on this crucial topic to simply pointed, rehearsed attacks on Obama's health plan, but what the country needs right now is not just an anti-Obama but a pro-America.
Yes, it is understood that the GOP wants to repeal Obamacare, but what will it put in its place? If the answer is that they don't know or care to do anything, then that isn't good enough for the 50 million uninsured that will have coverage under Obamacare but continue to be left to dry in the old system.
The one candidate that actually has experience in health care legislation is Mitt Romney, and he's been forced to retract from his views and actions in helping solve the health care crisis in his state. What then are his views nationally? Sit idly by and watch the problem grow?
This is the GOP's golden moment to elect an individual who will not only beat Obama, but also lead a broad coalition, once elected, to solve some of the problems that can no longer go unchecked.
Repealing the outgoing party's plan is a poor substitute for a genuine policy position.