This is a link to an analysis of Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that I did on Park City television in Oct 2013. Obamacare wasn't perfect, but it was far better than the plans to replace Obamacare currently being considered in Congress. The key takeaway for me at this point is that the last administration passed a law that extended health care coverage for 25 million previously uninsured Americans WHILE ALSO REDUCING THE DEFICIT. That plan paid for itself and then some by making insurance mandatory, by increasing taxes on medical device manufacturers and on the wealthiest Americans, and by improving the efficiency of our healthcare system. Republicans have systematically attacked and undermined that law for political reasons, and they have lied to the American people in the process. This administration's plan takes away insurance from 24 million Americans in order to cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The people who lose health care insurance under Trump's plan will go back to doing what they did before: showing up in emergency rooms and getting inefficient treatment that is ultimately paid for by all taxpayers. Under the plan's currently being considered in Congress, the middle class and poorer Americans lose, and the wealthiest Americans win. It is bad medicine.
Author of Thy King Dumb Come and Accountability Citizenship, Stephen P. Tryon is a businessman and technologist with extensive experience in e-commerce, a retired Soldier, and former Senate Fellow.