Repeal and Replace:

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Registered: 07-30-2004
Repeal and Replace:
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Thu, 10-31-2013 - 10:50am

      I’m not necessarily in favor of nor am I necessarily opposed to Obama Care.  My guess is that it can be improved upon, but I also feel that it is difficult to know how to improve it.  I’ve heard a number of Republican say they want to “repeal and replace” Obama Care.  What I would like is for those members of the House and Senate who want to repeal Obama Care to offer a clear alternative to Obama Care, so that, for example, the House could vote on a bill to repeal Obama Care, but that bill would also provide for have an alternative to Obama Care (Republican Care?).  It seems to me that right now a repeal of Obama Care would leave the nation in the same place it was before Obama Care was passed.  If that is what the members of the House and Senate who want to repeal Obama Care want then I would like them to clearly state that as a group.

      Tom,

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 3:08pm

Tom,

Obamacare is nothing but an insurance scam. If they would work on lowering the cost of health care rather than lowering the cost of health insurance, we would all benefit.

Brenda

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Fri, 11-01-2013 - 1:21am

Exactly right... you can hear them conflate insurance with health care daily.  They also have a fundamental misunderstanding about the concept of insurance.

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Registered: 07-30-2004
Fri, 11-01-2013 - 9:32am

      Brenda and Deen, thank you for your responses, but I’m not exactly sure how your responses relate to what I wrote.  Also, I’m not exactly sure who you mean by “they.”

      Tom,

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Sat, 11-02-2013 - 1:38am

I was responding to your second comment... and "they" are Democrats/Liberals.

And to address your original post... I oppose socialism so I oppose Obamacare.  I think the only way to improve it is to repeal it... and I disagree with the notion that Republicans have to propose a new plan in order to repeal a bad one.  We had a system, imperfect, but it worked for the VAST majority of the American people.  And if you want to see the nyriad Republican proposals to improve our healthcare/insurance you only have to google and read.

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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 10:12am

      Deen, I know that some Republicans have proposed alternatives to Obama Care and they may be preferable, but the fact remains that if Obama Care is simply repealed those alternatives would not necessarily be implemented.  Also, there are Republicans who have stated that they like some parts of Obama Care.  A simple repeal would not retain those parts.  Republicans would not have to propose a new plan to repeal Obama Care, it’s just that I would like to see them do that or state that they prefer the old system to anything else. 

      Tom,

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Mon, 11-04-2013 - 2:11am

No one is suggesting a simple repeal.  If Obamacare is repealed, we would go back to the system we had, that worked extremely well for 87% of the population but it would also permit Congress to properly address the myriad issues raised during this great turmoil and find more intelligent solutions than turning the country into an even greater socialist nanny-state.  I don't know of any Republicans who haven't said the health care system needs reform, and with Democrats going to take a  humiliating hit over their hubris, hopefully that might defuse some of the partisanship and allow a more constructive path forward.

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Registered: 07-30-2004
Mon, 11-04-2013 - 8:59am

      Deen, as it seems unlikely that Obama Care will be repealed anytime soon, at least before the 2016 elections and maybe not even then.  Not addressing issues dealing with health care and not including the ideas that come out of that discussion in a bill that will repeal and replace or just improve Obama Care is just delaying things.  I believe that such issues could be dealt without Obama Care first being repealed.  By proposing a bill that would repeal and replace or just improve Obama Care Republicans might just then be able to win the elections that they would need to win, as long as what they propose will be something the voters would prefer. 

       I feel that I am beginning to just repeat myself so unless someone posts a new idea I will not be likely to reply.

       Tom.