Help me out here (and don’t ask which way I came in….).
Many of my friends tell me the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known better as Obamacare, is terrible, costly, ineffective, and should be repealed.
In today’s (March 29, 2016) Raleigh News & Observer, the paper’s Editorial Board reported the four main criticisms of the ACA were: 1) people wouldn’t sign up, 2) it would “…drive health care costs throught the roof,” 3) it would explode the federal deficit, and 4) it would “…ruin a health care system touted as the world’s finest (though hardly its most accessible).”
The article goes on to point out that a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concludes the answers are: no, no, no, and no. “It’s true the ACA needs some tweaking and isn’t perfect in some ways. But it is not a failure.”
So – do I believe my friends or the CBO?
Just before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ACA a while back, with the unexpected swing vote from the Chief Justice, I wrote my belief that every human being deserves access to decent health care. If we don’t start from that position, that every human being deserves access to decent health care, who cares that due to ACA “Some 22 million more people, says the CBO, will have health coverage this year….”?
As Detective Harry Bosch, one of my all-time favorite fictional crimestoppers (thanks to author Michael Connelly) says:
Either everybody counts or nobody counts.