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But ultimately, there's no alternative to universal care other than to allow more and more poor, working poor and even middle class citizens to be priced out of health insurance altogether.
Last edited by OldGaffer; 16th January 2017 at 07:33 AM. Reason: Added link showing bogusability of "buying across state lines" meme
Before the ACA, it would have been much better to focus on the people who couldn't get insurance. Medicare could have been gradually expanded, for example.
Now, we can't go back to what we had before. For one thing it would be a horrendous shock to the economy.
We went through enough economic trauma during the implementation of the ACA. That wasn't good. It was horrible that they put us through this trauma for such a bad law.
But now that it's been done it would be bad to put us back through more trauma without having something very good waiting for us at the end of the tunnel, and it's hard to believe the GOP will come up with something good enough to justify the intentional jolt to our economy.
Time will tell. Maybe they will surprise.
But if they don't come up with something good, I'm counting on Graham, McCain, Collins, Johnson, etc. being honest about it and blocking things which would hurt the vulnerable.